Jan 25, 2024 | Marine fuel & lubricant news

The ‘Gas Vitality’ LNG bunker vessel has successfully conducting its 100th bunkering operation, when simultaneous operations (SIMOPS) were conducted, involving safe transfer of 8,000 m3 of LNG from the 18,600m3 LNG bunker vessel at the Port of Marseille-Fos in Southern France, to an 15000 TEU MSC containership, the ‘MSC Freya’.

The receiving vessel performed cargo handling operations concurrently with refuelling. Gas Vitality is owned by Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), chartered by TotalEnergies and managed by V.Ships France. Operational since December 2021, it is based in the Port of Marseille-Fos, Southern France, and serves the Mediterranean region.

David Taylor, MD LNG, V.Group said: “For Gas Vitality to reach this landmark bunkering milestone is testament to the professionalism of the vessel’s on-board team and the hard work and diligence of V.’s support network ashore. We look forward to safely and efficiently continuing to deliver LNG fuel as we help our customers on their sustainability journeys.”

Rajesh Kurup, Head of Asset Management MOL said: “Achieving 100 safe operations is no small feat, and it speaks volumes about the team’s skills and determination. The onboard team’s commitment to excellence is an inspiration to us all.”

Louise Tricoire, VP TotalEnergies Marine Fuels added: “Gas Vitality was built and operates today on the strength of our collective technical expertise and knowledge with MOL and V.Ships France. Since the start of TotalEnergies’ LNG bunkering operations in November 2020, our chartered LNG bunker vessels based in Marseille and Rotterdam, respectively, the Gas Vitality and the Gas Agility, have conducted world-premier, large-scale operations across key bunker hubs with high levels of performance and safety records. We will continue to enhance the growing bunker needs of different vessel types using alternative, lower-carbon and cleaner marine fuel options as the shipping industry’s decarbonisation ambitions accelerate.”

Image: ‘Gas Vitality’ 100th LNG bunkering (source: TotalEngergies news)

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