Support for new LNG-powered vessels 

S5 Agency World has provided port agency and services to Gasum for the first LNG bunkering of cruise vessel in France 

S5 Agency World (S5) has applied its gas sector expertise to support Gasum, an energy company working in the Nordic gas sector, with the launch of the first liquified natural gas (LNG) bunkering of cruise vessel, Chantiers de l’Atlantique at the Port of La Rochelle, France.  

Working closely with port authorities, S5 uses its expertise to ensure timely approvals for Gasum’s vessel movement and port calls. As demand for LNG-powered vessels continues to grow, S5 is on-hand to ensure that Gasum’s bunker calls worldwide are handled efficiently and safely.

Jason Berman, Chief Commercial Officer at S5, commented: “Our understanding of gas-fueled and gas carrying-vessels means we will efficiently meet Gasum’s needs anywhere in the world. The application of our digital solutions and extensive knowledge ensures the LNG cargoes and bunkers are transferred safely and efficiently every time.” 

S5 has been working in the gas industry for nearly 20 years. It has developed various digital technologies to simplify the process of port calls. This makes it easier for operators, like Gasum, to efficiently handle multiple calls each day.

Jakob Granqvist, Vice President at Gasum, commented: “By building trust through this partnership, we can successfully navigate through the complex needs of our vessels and terminals. At Gasum, we are committed to taking important steps to deliver a carbon-neutral future at sea. Having a like-minded partner helps us to achieve these goals and support the wider industry to become more sustainable.” 

The orderbook for LNG-fueled vessels to be commissioned in the next few years is reaching close to 1000. But the demand for LNG as a marine fuel and the need for well-managed bunkering solutions is set to increase dramatically. 

As a marine fuel, LNG reduces sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxide, and carbon emissions when compared with traditional bunker oil. However, the global availability of liquified bio-methane is crucial to embracing sustainability in the shipping industry. It reduces emissions and eliminates the need for engine modifications to LNG-powered vessels.