CMA CGM Symi receives LNG from North America’s largest LNG bunker barge

CMA CGM Symi, a 15,000 TEU containership powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), has received approximately 4,600 cubic meters of LNG from North America’s largest LNG bunker barge Clean Canaveral.

As disclosed, JAX LNG and Seaside LNG conducted the inaugural LNG bunkering in the Port of Savannah of CMA CGM Symi during the ship’s call at the Garden City Terminal. The containership was fueled with LNG during simultaneous operations (SIMOPS).

“We appreciate the opportunity to work alongside CMA CGM staff in Marseille, Norfolk and Savannah in preparation for this unique bunker event that marked CMA CGM’s first LNG SIMOPS bunkering of a 15,000-TEU ship in the United States,” Roger Williams, Manager of JAX LNG and Vice President of Commercial LNG and Gas Development at BHE GT&S, the parent company of Pivotal LNG, commented.

The bunkering marks Seaside LNG’s first bunkering of a dual-fuel containership with membrane-type LNG tank technology.

The technology highlights the design of Seaside LNG’s 5,500-cubic-meter series LNG articulated tug and barge (ATB).

“The ATB design and skillful operator, McAllister LNG Services, has proven very resourceful to bunker container ships, car carriers, cruise ships and petroleum tankers with different cargo tank technologies,” Tim Casey, CEO of Seaside LNG, noted.

The bunkering was conducted in cooperation with U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Savannah, Georgia Ports Authority, Garden City Fire Rescue, Savannah Fire Department, Savannah Pilots Association, Gateway Terminals and the International Longshoremen’s Association.

To remind, the vessel Clean Canaveral is owned by Polaris New Energy, a subsidiary of Seaside LNG Holding, which took delivery of the unit at the end of 2021.

Meanwhile, the bunker barge handled the LNG refueling of the M/T Damia Desgagnés on the ship’s inaugural call to Port Canaveral. Clean Canaveral delivered approximately 400 cubic meters of LNG to the vessel.

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