Avenir LNG and SSES bunker ZIM’s first LNG-powered box ship

UK-based small LNG company Avenir LNG and Shanghai SIPG Energy Service (SSES), a subsidiary of Shanghai International Port Group (SIPG), have delivered LNG to ZIM Integrated Shipping Services’ first LNG-fuelled container ship.

According to Avenir, the 15,000 TEU ZIM Sammy Ofer was bunkered with LNG on March 2, 2023 in the port of Yangshan. The operation was carried out by SSES’ 20,000 cbm bunker ship Hai Gang Wei Lai.

The vessel is the first of ten vessels Seaspan has ordered under a long-term cross-charter agreement with ZIM Integrated Shipping Services. Deliveries of the remaining nine container ships are expected to begin in the first half of 2023.

For these vessels, ZIM has also signed a ten-year marine LNG sale and purchase agreement with Shell valued at more than $1 billion.

ZIM Sammy Ofer began construction at Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) in late 2021 and launched in October last year. It is to be added to the ZIM fleet this year.

The naming ceremony for the LNG-powered vessel took place on February 17 this year.

The ship’s first bunkering is also said to mark a major milestone for SSES and Avenir LNG’s partnership in advancing decarbonization and clean energy transition solutions in the shipping and logistics industries.

Zhang DaGeneral Manager of SSES said: “In recent years, LNG has rapidly become the new trend of propulsion fuel for international travel, while green and low-carbon has become the basic consensus and goal for the future development of the port and shipping industry.

“Since the implementation of the bonded LNG bunker project in the Port of Shanghai, it has always been highly appreciated by the Shanghai Municipality and all relevant departments have given us immense support. ZIM, one of the world’s leading shipping companies, is also a long-term partner of Shanghai Port. Under the leadership of SIPG, we will deepen our cooperation with the ZIM and jointly research the sustainable development of green shipping.”

Peter QuirkAvenir LNG CEO added: “We are pleased to have supported our partner SSES in the bunkering of ZIM’s first LNG-powered container ship in the port of Shanghai. This is a significant milestone for Avenir as we continue to expand our global bunkering footprint and support the shipping industry’s transition to cleaner fuels.”

Just last week, Avenir LNG performed Germany’s first direct LNG offload from a transport ship to trucks.

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