Titan LNG has secured the tender for the delivery of LNG in the Port of Marseille for Corsica Linea’s new Ro-Pax LNG-powered ferry, A Galeotta. This partnership marks the significant expansion of Titan’s operations into the Mediterranean which will enhance the availability of LNG, bio-LNG, and in the longer run hydrogen-derived LNG in the region. Titan will start with truck-to-ship operations for a period of time until the Krios vessel – a 4,500 cbm LNG bunker vessel – arrives, which will also supply the wider Mediterranean region with LNG and bio-LNG as a marine fuel.
Corsica Linea’s A Galeotta, which is currently under construction at the Visentini shipyard in Italy and set to begin sea trials in May 2022, marks the company as a frontrunner in the region when it comes to decarbonization. Since the vessel is designed to be powered by LNG, it will be versatile and future-proof. Lower and zero carbon variations of LNG such as bio-LNG and hydrogen-derived LNG can be dropped into its fuel tanks with no changes required to the infrastructure. These can even be blended with conventional LNG to reduce emissions further.
Increasing collaboration and strong partnerships are essential for the maritime industry to successfully decarbonize. Close cooperation between the Port of Marseille, Corsica Linea and Titan, as well as the expansion of Titan’s business to the Mediterranean region, highlights the trust in LNG and its derivatives as leading sustainable marine fuels. It also shows that investments in LNG infrastructure and LNG-fueled vessels pose less risk than some alternatives fuels.
“Expanding our operations to the Mediterranean region will enhance the availability of LNG and bio-LNG. Expanding infrastructure will help consolidate LNG as a leading sustainable marine fuel across the region. As a result, we hope to see more ship-owners investing in LNG and bio-LNG,” said Niels den Nijs, CEO, Titan LNG.
Pierre Antoine Villanova, CEO, Corsica Linea also commented: “Having access to LNG and bio-LNG infrastructure and bunkering allows us to take a significant positive step towards the decarbonization of our fleet. When choosing LNG, the ability to act now on greenhouse gas emissions in the Mediterranean Sea stood out. We also recognized the pathway to full decarbonization using LNG, bio-LNG and hydrogen-derived LNG as a strong, clear and flexible option. Our exciting new ferry, A Galeotta, will be able to switch between LNG and bio-LNG, and even blend the two, with no changes required onboard.”
Source: Titan LNG