The port of Marseille Fos, Shell and Carnival have completed the first operation ship to ship liquified natural gas (LNG) refueling in France on the Costa Smeralda.
The cruise ship is operated by Costa Cruises, part of the Carnival group. Fuel was provided by the Coral Methane vessel during an overnight bunkering process. The vessel is owned by Antony Veder of the Netherlands.
“We are all proud to have been able to complete this operation smoothly and safely.It has required studies, instructions and procedures to be agreed with the various players, and in line with European and global standards. This is a first in France and proves to what extent, even during the current health crisis, we are capable of supporting the development of LNG, which is one of the measures deployed by the Port of Marseille Fos to reduce its environmental impact,” said Amaury de Maupeou, the Marseille Fos Port Authority Commander.
“We are happy that our new LNG powered flagship Costa Smeralda was part of this new milestone for the Port of Marseille,” said Franco Porcellacchia, Sustainable Innovation, and Infrastructure Development Vice President Costa Group. “Carnival and Costa specifically have been the first cruise operator to invest in sustainable innovation with LNG and continue to be committed to ensuring the highest environmental standards for a more sustainable future of cruising.”
“We are delighted that, even in these difficult times for the industry, Shell can play a little role in the continuity of LNG supply for its customers. We are able to collaborate effectively with the port of Marseille Fos and Carnival, which is a source of satisfaction ”, says Tahir Faruqui, general manager of the downstream LNG world branch at Shell. “Carnival is one of the more and more organizations are adopting LNG, the most affordable alternative to traditional marine fuels currently available. ” “We are pleased that our new LNG-fueled flagship, Costa Smeralda, has made part of this important new step for the port of Marseille in partnership with Shell ”, declares Franco Porcellacchia, Vice-President of Sustainable Innovation and Infrastructure Development of the Costa group “Carnival and Costa in particular were the first cruise operators to invest in LNG and continue to commit to ensuring environmental standards for a more sustainable future of cruising “
Marseille Fos port aims to become the Mediterranean hub for liquefied natural gas (LNG), a leading solution to limit the impact of emissions from ships.