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CEDA is part of the EU-funded S/F SamueLNG Project – the first LNG retrofit of a TSHD

An EU co-funded CEF project with the snappy title Spanish/French Sustainable Atlantic Motorways of the seas Using as fuel for Engine LNG, or S/F SamueLNG for short, started at a meeting last December, in Gijon, Spain. As part of the Project lead by Dragages Ports (DP) (a CEDA Member), their vessel, the Samuel de Champlain - 8,500m3 TSHD, will be retrofitted from Marine Gas Oil to a dual-source fuel system.

2017-LNG-SamueldeChamplain-on-Loire // samueldechamplainontheloire.jpg (75 K)S/F SamueLNG Project is the first phase of the Global Project ‘Towards a Blue Atlantic Arch by 2025’. The overall project aims to improve the sustainability of marine traffic through the use of marine Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) as an environmentally-friendly, and cost-effective, alternative to conventional ship fuels for small vessels.

According to the ‘Third IMO Greenhouse Gas Study 2014’, maritime transport emits around 1000 million tonnes of CO2 annually and is responsible for about 2.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Shipping emissions are predicted to increase by between 50% and 250% by 2050 – depending on future economic and energy developments – and something clearly needs to be done. Such increases are not compatible with the internationally agreed goal of keeping the global temperature increase below 2°C, compared to pre-industrial levels. The current goals require worldwide emissions to be at least halved, from 1990 levels, by 2050.

Subsequently, the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) has agreed that implementation of a 0.5% global sulphur cap on marine fuel will be brought forward to 2020, from the originally proposed date of 2025. The S/F SamueLNG Project will contribute to this by helping to achieve the objectives of two key EU Directives: Directive 2014/94/EU on the sustainability of the European maritime transport and Directive 2012/33/EU on reduction in the sulphur content of marine fuels.

In addition to the retrofitting of DP’s Samuel de Champlain, over the next three years, the S/F SamueLNG Project will also cover the following key activities:

  • LNG bunkering studies including: a risk assessment in the port of Nantes Saint-Nazaire, a mobile bunkering unit in the Port of Gijon, and a floating device in the Port of Vigo (in conjunction with each of the port’s partners)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment studies in the Ports of Rouen, Le Havre and Nantes Saint-Nazaire
  • The training of staff involved in LNG operations in the Ports of Nantes Saint-Nazaire and Rouen
  • Dissemination of the results to the maritime community

The Consortium
The SamueLNG Project is coordinated by DP and supported by a solid consortium of 12 partners, from along the Atlantic Arch, representing France, Spain and the Netherlands. In addition to CEDA the partners working alongside DP are:

  • 5 public port authorities: Nantes Saint-Nazaire (GPMNSN), Le Havre (GPMH), Rouen (GPMR), Port Authority of Gijon (VAG), Port Authority of Vigo (APV)
  • 2 ship engineering and design companies: Inova, Ghenova
  • 2 energy supply companies: EDP, GNF
  • A short shipping company: Suardiaz (VN)

CEDA will co-lead on activities relating to the dissemination of project results to the maritime community. This work will be supported by a CEDA Environment Commission Task Group. Over the three years in which the S/F SamueLNG Project is scheduled to run, CEDA will work with project lead DP, and other key organisations in the Consortium in Spain and France, to disseminate the latest information and learnings to members.

Photo: Samuel de Champlain dredger operating in front of Saint Nazaire bridge in the Loire Estuary. Credit: Dragages Ports