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SAVE the date - SamueLNG conference: 25-26 September 2019, Saint-Nazaire, France

The EU co-funded 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, is in its final stage.

The project S/F SamueLNG aims to accelerate the infrastructure that will enable the implementation of LNG as a marine fuel, and focusses on the Atlantic Corridor as one of the most important shipping routes of the European Union. The two main objectives of the project are the preliminary studies, which will lead to the development of innovative solutions for an LNG supply chain in several ports in the region, and the LNG retrofit of the 8,500m3 trailing suction hopper dredger (TSHD) Samuel de Champlain.

The results of the project will be discussed in a one-day conference in Saint-Nazaire, France, where the retrofitted Samuel de Champlain will be doing trials. The conference will start at 12:00am on 25th of September and will end at 12:00am the next day.  

In the first half of the conference the main challenges and results of the project will be presented and discussed, including topics such as:

  • The role of LNG as an alternative marine fuel
  • The LNG retrofit of DP’s Samuel de Champlain - an 8,500m3 Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger - from Marine Gas Oil to a dual-source fuel engine system
  • LNG bunkering studies, including: a risk assessment and mobile bunkering solutions for smaller ports
  • Environmental Impact Assessment studies

In the second half of the conference interactive workshops are planned for more in-depth discussions to share experience on operational aspects of LNG dredging vessels and bunkering.

The CEDA Working Group on Energy Efficiency will also present their results during the event. There are also plans to invite experts from different countries to tell about their respective strategies for cutting emissions from marine operations.

During the event, delegates will have the opportunity to visit the retrofitted Samuel de Champlain in small groups and to get up-close-and-personnel with experts involved in the reconstruction and the operation of the dual-fuel dredger.

Attendance to the conference will be free of charge, however delegates will be requested to register. For up-to-date information please visit the website: www.samuelng.eu

CEDA is part of the Dragages Ports led consortium of 12 partners from along the Atlantic Arch and is responsible for communicating the project results. Consortium members are:  

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

The CEDA Environment Commission (CEC) will link their regular fall meeting to the SamueLNG conference so that interested members could participate in the event.