The 18,600 cu m GTT Mark III Flex membrane vessel is owned by Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) and chartered by Total’s affiliate Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions (TMFGS).
“We are delighted to have officially named Gas Agility as she embarks on a new chapter in delivering cleaner marine fuels,” said Jerome Leprince-Ringuet, managing director of TMFGS.
“Her arrival in Rotterdam marks the culmination of three years of dedicated work with MOL and Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding in Shanghai, to plan, build and create a major development in global marine LNG fuel supply,” he said.
TMFGS and MOL signed the time-charter party for this LNG bunkering vessel in February 2018. Construction started in China in November 2018 and the vessel was delivered in April 2020.
The Gas Agility meets the highest technical and environmental standards using LNG as propulsion fuel and integrating a complete re-liquefaction of the boil-off gas.
Takeshi Hashimoto, executive vice president of MOL, commented: “The transition from heavy fuel oil to LNG is competitive, environmentally efficient and an immediately available solution for maritime transportation. By providing the capacity to deliver LNG as a marine fuel, this partnership will be the leader in transition to a more fuel-efficient industry.”
In December 2019, TMFGS and MOL signed a long term charter contract for a second large LNG bunker tanker to be delivered in 2021. The vessel will be deployed in the Marseille-Fos area in France to supply LNG as a marine fuel within the Mediterranean area.