The Gas Vitality LNG Bunker Vessel Completes her 100th LNG Bunker Operation in Marseille, Southern France
The Gas Vitality Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunker vessel celebrated the onset of the New Year by successfully conducting her 100th bunkering operation.
Simultaneous operations (SIMOPS) for LNG bunkering were conducted, which involved a 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 MSC containership with a capacity of 15000 TEUs, the MSC Freya. Concurrently, the receiving vessel performed cargo handling operations.
Gas Vitality is owned by Mitsui O.S.K. 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, Managing Director, LNG at 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 from MOL commented: “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, Vice President, 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 decarbonization ambitions accelerate.”
V.Ships, part of global ship management company, V., covers a network of 18 ship management offices, including V.Ships France, delivering ship technical services, risk management, procurement and financial services for the tanker, bulker, container, offshore and leisure sectors.