The agreement will see Total supply 270,000 tonnes of LNG a year over a 10-year period for ten 15,000 teu LNG-powered containerships which will start to deliver from 2021.
Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions will position and LNG bunker tanker in CMA CGM’s homeport of Marseilles-Fos and provide “a similar solution” in Singapore the French’s headquarters in the Asian region.
CMA CGM said this would further expand the availability of LNG as a marine fuel.
“By choosing Marseille-Fos as a refuelling port for our 15,000-TEU vessels, from the end of 2021, we are bringing the French container ports into this major energy transition,” said Rodolphe Saadé, chairman and ceo of CMA CGM.
CMA CGM has made a major commitment to LNG as marine fuel which it sees as the only viable option at present to reduce its carbon footprint. The series of 15,000 teu LNG-fuelled containerships follows its pioneering 23,000 teu LNG powered boxships the first of which was launched in September.
Patrick Pouyanné, ceo of Total said: “This new contract with CMA CGM results in the launch of a dedicated supply chain in the port of Marseille-Fos. Total is committed to working with its customers to offer them more environmentally friendly marine fuels and thus contributes positively to the sustainable evolution of maritime transport, particularly in the Mediterranean basin."