Dunkirk sees good prospects for alternative fuel
The port of Dunkirk was represented at the recent Riviera Maritime LNG Ship/Shore Conference in London by Dunkerque LNG's Cécile Grégoire-David. She gave an overview of the French port’s infrastructure that will cater for the import of up to 13 billion cbm of LNG to meet demand in France and Belgium, as well as the potential of LNG ship bunkering operations.
Whilst most of the world’s 118 LNG powered vessels currently operate in the Baltic Sea, Grégoire-David predicted that the majority of the world's 128 LNG fuel-enabled newbuilds currently on order would call at European destinations. This could translate into a future potential of up to 50 LNG bunker operations per year at the port of Dunkirk by 2025.
She also highlighted the EU-funded "Green Loop" programme. Dunkerque LNG wants to participate in the LNG bunkering operations scheme along with Total and vessel owner MOL to serve the fleet of newbuild CMA-CGM dual-fuel ultra-large containerships that are due for delivery between 2018 and 2020. (kd)