Total Signs LNG Bunker Supply Agreement with Brittany Ferries

Tuesday July 11, 2017

Total S.A. (Total) Monday announced that its affiliate Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions (TMFGS) has signed a multi-year contract with Brittany Ferries to supply LNG bunkers to the Honfleur in France's Port of Ouistreham.

As Ship & Bunker reported last month, Brittany Ferries has said the newbuild vessel will be "the most environmentally friendly ship regularly operating in UK waters."

To support the supply agreement and address lack of LNG infrastructure in the ports served by the Honfleur, TMFGS has partnered with Dunkerque LNG for the construction of an automated truck loading dock where containers can be filled with LNG, as well as Groupe Charles André (CGA) for the supply and transportation of ISO containers equipped with geolocation trackers and pressure sensors.

"The agreement with Brittany Ferries is a landmark one — our first contract to supply LNG bunker," said Olivier Jouny, Managing Director of TMFGS.

"In addition, the work carried out with Dunkerque LNG and Groupe Charles André has made it possible to supply the LNG by developing a safe, innovative logistics solution thanks in particular to the digitalization of container tracking. We are proud of these agreements, which mark a milestone in the growth of LNG in France."

The supply agreement will see containers of LNG transported by truck from the LNG terminal of Dunkirk to the Port of Ouistreham where they will then be lifted aboard Honfleur to supply a fixed LNG storage tank at the rear of the superstructure, which will be replaced at the next call at Ouistreham when empty.

"The shipping industry needs access to LNG. This partnership demonstrates that unique, local solutions can be developed to supply LNG to ships," said Frédéric Pouget, Group Maritime port and operations Director of Brittany Ferries.

"In the first step of the upcoming energy transformation, Brittany Ferries intends to make LNG the preferred fuel for its future owned newbuilds."

In December, Ship & Bunker reported that Total had signalled its intention to become a "key player" within the LNG bunker market.