ZIM, Shell complete Jamaica’s first LNG bunkering


ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. and Shell International Petroleum Company Ltd. (Shell) have announced the successful bunkering of the ZIM SAMMY OFER container vessel with liquefied natural gas (LNG). 

The vessel was bunkered at Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL) on 26 March. This was the first LNG bunkering operation in Jamaican waters, reported ZIM.

The ZIM SAMMY OFER is the first in a series of 10 15,000 TEU LNG dual-fuel containerships which ZIM plans to deploy on its ZCP trade line.

ZIM recently signed a 10-year marine LNG sales and purchase agreement with Shell for these vessels.

ZIM’s LNG dual-fuelled vessels have a small methane slip of around 0.2 per cent, and they are equipped with ME-GI (M-type, Electronically Controlled Gas Injection) two-stroke engines.  

READ: ZIM profits $4.6 billion for the year

“This landmark bunking safely completed in collaboration with ZIM and the Maritime Authority of Jamaica expands our LNG bunkering network to the Caribbeans,” said Tahir Faruqui, General Manager, Head of Downstream LNG at Shell.

“With every new bunkering location added to our footprint, we are demonstrating LNG as the lowest-carbon fuel available at scale today, enabling the shipping sector to start decarbonising.”

This announcement comes six months after JAX LNG completed its first ship-to-ship (STS) liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering of NYK Line’s Sakura Leader for the ship’s inaugural call to Jacksonville.

In February, ZIM and HAI AN Transport and Stevedoring Joint-stock Company (HATS) announced a new joint venture to provide domestic shipping services in Vietnam.

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