Engie Initiates Partnership with Mitsubishi and NYK Line
Engine has launched “Gas4Sea” as its brand for liquefied natural gas as a marine fuel with partners Mitsubishi and NYK Line of Japan. Gas4Sea services are to commence by year-end using a purpose-built LNG bunkering vessel said to be the first of its kind.
The vessel, ordered by the partners in 2014, has a capacity of 5,000 cubic meters of LNG fuel, upwards of 1.3 million gallons (HHP Insight, September 14, 2014). The vessel, built in Korea, will be capable of transferring fuel at a rate of 600 cubic meters (nearly 160,000 gallons) per hour. Engie is the former GDF Suez.
“Designed to adapt to a wide range of customers, it will be able to supply vessels in the Belgian port of Zeebrugge, as well as in neighboring ports. The partners will expand Gas4Sea’s footprint to other regions around the world to satisfy growing demand,” Engie says in its Gas4Sea announcement.
Lead Customer is UECC
“Gas4Sea,” says Engie, “promotes an innovative service in an increasingly buoyant market.”
An initial customer, Engie Global LNG CEO Philip Olivier said in the Gas4Sea announcement, is UECC/United European Car Carriers, which has commissioned two 595-foot LNG-fueled PCTC/pure car and truck carrier ships for service in the North Sea and Baltic Sea (HHPi, March 8, 2014).
Beyond the Baltic
“The partners will expand their LNG bunkering services under Gas4Sea to meet more customers’ needs into other regions, in collaboration with stakeholders including shipping companies, port authorities, terminal operators, regional suppliers, and local governments and regulators,” states a release from NYK.
“We believe that the use of LNG as a marine fuel is a key innovation,” said senior managing corporate officer Hitoshi Nagasawa. “Using the world’s first purpose-built LNG bunkering vessel, we and our partners Engie and Mitsubishi Corporation will offer ship owners and operators the opportunity to participate in this innovation and further enhance our industry’s ability to operate in a more environmentally responsible way.”Contact information is only available to premium subscribers. Click here to purchase a premium subscription.
Source: Engie & NYK Line with HHP Insight follow-up