ZIM and Shell complete first LNG bunkering under 10-year agreement

ZIM and Shell announced the successful bunkering of Hong Kong-flagged container ship ZIM Sammy Ofer with liquefied natural gas (LNG) at Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL) in Jamaica on March 26.

This is the first LNG bunkering operation in Jamaican waters.

ZIM Sammy Ofer is the first in a series of ten 15,000 TEU LNG dual-fuel container ships that ZIM intends to deploy on its ZCP trade route. The Israeli shipping company recently signed a ten-year LNG purchase and sale agreement with Shell for these ships.

The Maritime Authority of Jamaica has supported the two companies in enabling LNG bunkering in Jamaica. Rear Admiral Peter Brady, Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, commented: “Decarbonising the shipping industry is critical and with LNG being readily available today it is a key element in the transition to cleaner marine fuels. This offering will not only grow local businesses, but also encourage companies to embrace sustainable solutions.”

“This is the first vessel in our growing LNG-powered fleet that will enable ZIM to be more carbon and cost efficient, improving our competitive position, particularly in strategic trading from Asia to USEC, and enabling customers to Reduce carbon footprint,” said David Arbel, ZIM’s executive vice president and chief operations officer.

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