Chantiers de l’Atlantique has contracted Gasum to perform the initial bunkering of the first LNG-fuelled cruise vessel built at St Nazaire.
This first LNG bunkering exercise took place on 10th September, 2022 at the French port of La Rochelle, for which it was also the first LNG bunkering operation.
Gasum’s choice as a partner in the preparation and performance of this delivery recognises its unique expertise in supporting shipyards performing initial bunkerings of newbuilding LNG-fuelled cruise vessels, the company claimed.
The LNG was delivered by Gasum’s LNG bunker vessel ‘Kairos’.
In addition to delivering LNG, Gasum has supported Chantiers de l’Atlantique in the technical preparation for the delivery, including obtaining the relevant permits and authorisations.
Gasum said that this delivery marks a new milestone in the extension of its LNG bunkering network and underlines its ambition to grow geographically.
“With the LNG-fuelled newbuilding programme undergoing, Chantiers de l’Atlantique has proven its capacity to embrace new technologies and to remain at the forefront ot the shipbuilding industry.
“Choosing Gasum is a choice of confidence in its unique experience and track record in supporting yards with technical advice and LNG supplies.” said Laurent Castaing, Chantiers de l’Atlantique’s General Manager.
“With this delivery to Chantiers de l’Atlantique, Gasum confirms its position as leading partner for shipyards engaged in the construction of LNG-fuelled vessels, supplying LNG and delivering decisive technical support in the preparation of initial bunkerings.
“This new partnership underlines also Gasum’s ambition to extend the geographical reach of its reliable and high quality service in west and southwest Europe. In addition to LNG, Gasum has become a regular supplier of liquefied biogas (LBG), supporting the ambitious de-carbonisation agenda of a series of customers”, Grégoire Hartig, Sales Manager, Gasum, added.