Total is to supply approximately 45,000 tons of LNG per year for MSC Cruises’ new LNG-powered cruise ships.
LNG bunkering will take place in Marseille, France. Total also will bunker the ships sailing on Mediterranean routes by ship-to-ship transfer using its second LNG bunker vessel, which is currently under construction. The bunker vessel will use LNG as fuel and be able to re-liquefy boil-off gas.
“This agreement represents a further step in our ongoing journey towards continuously reducing our environmental footprint, for which LNG is currently a crucial component,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, executive chairman of MSC Cruises.
“As we prepare to launch our first of three upcoming LNG-powered cruise ships in 2022, through this key agreement we have now secured the refuelling support for our latest-generation and most environmentally advanced ships in the Mediterranean.”