Brittany Ferries and its partners have tested the logistics of supplying Honfleur with LNG by container. The test took place on Wednesday 18th September in Ouistreham.
The rehearsal involved teams from Brittany Ferries, Total (the LNG fuel supplier), Sonotri-GCA (the haulier), SDMC (Ouistreham stevedores) and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry. For Brittany Ferries' teams, this was a real cross-departmental project involving the Technical Department, Ouistreham Port Authority, the Honfleur construction team, the crew of Mont St Michel crew and the Quality, Safety & Environmental Safety Department (QSES).
Once in service Honfleur will be supplied with LNG fuel in dedicated tank containers designed specifically for the ship. They will be delivered to Ouistreham Terminal by lorry and then prepared by the port's dockworkers for delivery on board. Honfleur’s crew will then swap an empty container with a full container to fill the ship’s onboard tank during the next crossing. The empty container will then be removed from the terminal by the haulier.
The whole process was successfully tested, using one of the twelve dedicated tank containers, with Mont St Michel playing the role of Honfleur. During the operation, there were many challenges, and safety and security were paramount. The exercise demanded tight co-ordination with the ship's commercial operations, handovers of responsibility, and familiarisation with new equipment.
By carrying out such a realistic rehearsal, our teams were able to work together extremely constructively, and were able to identify several area where improvements can be made to the bunkering process. The test was successful, and validated the organisation and procedures that had been planned.