On 24th September, at Le Havre, Gasum bunkered LNG to ‘Le Commandant Charcot’, PONANT’s newest LNG-fuelled newbuilding Polar expedition ship.
This operation marked Gasum’s first LNG delivery in France and also the first LNG bunker operation in the port of Le Havre.
‘Le Commandant Charcot’, named after the French Polar scientist and explorer, Jean-Baptiste Charcot, is the first hybrid-electric Polar exploration ship powered by LNG. She is due to cruise in the Arctic and Antarctic regions.
“We have been working on this natural gas powered Polar exploration ship project for six years and this is already the second LNG bunkering operation we have carried out with Gasum since the delivery of the ship on 29th July, 2021.
“These LNG bunkering operations represent the culmination of several years of analysis, engineering and testing to perform these operations safely and with maximum efficiency.
”The ship reached the Geographic North Pole for the first time on 6th September, 2021, using natural gas throughout its journey. We are fully satisfied and particularly proud of the technical innovations developed on this ship that have enabled us to achieve this exceptional performance.
“’Le Commandant Charcot’ is the first passenger ship equipped with high pressure membrane LNG tanks offering up to two months of autonomy on natural gas, greater flexibility in its bunkering and operation, and guaranteeing enhanced safety.
“’Le Commandant Charcot’ paves the way for new and more environmentally friendly natural gas propulsion methods and helps to meet the CO2 reduction targets set out in the Paris Agreement,” said Hervé Gastinel, PONANT CEO.
“This delivery marks an important step in our co-operation with PONANT and I am proud to support PONANT in reducing their emissions. At the same time we expand our delivery network to a port as significant as Le Havre. Our services for maritime operators all over Europe are becoming even more relevant, in the light of the requirements of the EU’s recent Fit for 55 -climate package proposal,”added Jacob Granqvist, Vice President of Gasum Maritime.