French energy giant total and French shipping giant Dafei shipping have signed an agreement to supply about 270000 tons of LNG a year over the next decade.
According to total, the LNG quantity supplied in Marseille FOS includes the 150000 TEU Container Ships of Dafei in the future, which will operate on the routes between Asia and the Mediterranean, and delivery of new ships is expected to start in 2021.
According to the agreement, total will also provide a suitable scheme to use a LNG bunkering ship to serve the container ships in Marseille FOS, France. A supplementary fuel filling programme will also be provided in Singapore. These new supply chains will further expand the use of LNG as a marine fuel, particularly in the Mediterranean.
Rodolphe Saade, chairman and CEO of Dafei shipping group, France, said: "LNG is currently the only reliable energy source that can significantly reduce the carbon footprint. The choice of LNG to power ships needs to be fully adapted to the entire energy supply chain and infrastructure. "From the end of 2021, we will choose Marseille FOS as the refueling port of our 150000teu container ship, which will bring the French container port into this important energy transformation period."
Patrick pouyanne, chief executive of total, said: "this new contract with Dafei shipping group of France will establish a dedicated supply chain at Marseille port. Total can provide them with more environmentally friendly marine fuel, so as to make a positive contribution to the sustainable development of marine transportation. "
It is worth mentioning that Dafei and total have signed a strategic procurement contract as early as December 2017 to serve the 23000teu LNG power ship ordered by Dafei, and the new ship is expected to start operation in 2020. The first ship of this series is the world's first super large LNG powered container ship, which was launched on September 25 this year.