The newbuild bunker vessel named “Gas Vitality” is TotalEnergies Marine Fuels’ second collaboration with shipowner Mitsui OSK Lines, Ltd. and shipbuilder Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding. All three parties first collaborated in 2018 to successfully design and build her sistership, the “Gas Agility”, which has been operating in the Port of Rotterdam since November 2020.
Operated by V.Ships France under the French flag, the “Gas Vitality” will enter operational service in December 2021 and be based in the Port of Marseille-Fos to serve the Mediterranean region. She will notably perform LNG bunkering services to CMA CGM’s LNG-fueled containerships and MSC Cruises’ upcoming LNG-powered cruise ships that call at the French port.
“We are delighted to officially name our second chartered LNG bunker vessel. The ‘Gas Vitality’ is a testament of our commitment to provide our shipping customers with another major European hub to help meet their LNG bunkering needs,” said Jérôme Leprince-Ringuet, Vice-President Marine Fuels at TotalEnergies. “With the accelerated pace of transition to marine LNG we are witnessing among ship owners, it shows the shipping industry’s readiness to act today to curb their current greenhouse gas emissions, whilst paving the way for future, alternative fuel solutions such as bioLNG and other cryogenic fuels. We will continue to work closely with stakeholders across the value chain to expand the range of solutions that will help to decarbonize shipping,” he added.
“This vessel is a significant milestone in our long-term partnership with TotalEnergies throughout the LNG supply chain and our commitment towards a decarbonized world. I am confident that our commitment to deliver LNG as a marine fuel, will accelerate the transition to LNG fuel as a competitive, environmentally efficient and immediately available solution for the maritime industry,” said Kenta Matsuzaka, Senior Managing Executive Officer at Mitsui OSK Lines.