Titan Clean Fuels, in partnership with SALT, is supplying Corsica Linea's first LNG-fuelled vessel.

Titan Clean Fuels with the support of SALT is supplying Corsica Linea's first vessel with LNG.

On Thursday 5 January 2023 , the ship " A Galeotta "Corsica Linea's first LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) vessel!

This new ship heralds a new era for the company, as it will be the first vessel powered partly by LNG to operate Corsica-Continent crossings!

It's the first new ship in Corsica for 11 years, and also the first ship to serve Corsica with LNG.

Corsica Linea has succeeded in this objective, which will ensure that no smoke is emitted close to the coast on its crossings between Marseille and Corsica.

Le A Galeotta

Named "A Galeotta" after the flagship of Pascal Paoli's fleet, this is the company's ninth vessel, with capacity for 150 cars, 170 trailers and 930 passengers. It will operate the Marseille-Bastia route during the week and the Marseille-Ajaccio route at weekends.

Our role in this energy transition.

In 2021, Salt was approached by Titan Clean Fuels about a possible partnership to transport LNG by road for refuelling.

Titan is a Netherlands-based company specialising in the supply of liquefied bio-methane and LNG to ships and industry.

The tanks provided by SALT (our company based in Martigues) are used to transport the LNG fuel marketed by Titan to power the Galeotta vessel.

These single-tank tanks have a capacity of 23 tonnes, and have been designed for bunkering ships as well as for supplying public service stations and industrial sites that have replaced their usual fuel, fuel oil or LPG, with LNG.

The tanks are loaded with LNG at the Fos-sur-Mer LNG terminal, near Marseille, with the aim of keeping long journeys to a minimum in line with the energy transition and limiting pollution. In addition, LNG-powered tractors are used for the rotations.

The drivers, who have been qualified to deliver cryogenic gases for several years, follow a detailed and meticulous procedure throughout the operation to ensure safe delivery.

SALT is providing its customer Titan Clean Fuels with up to 4 trucks every 48 hours to bunker the A Galeotta on each of its rotations until a barge can take over for offshore bunkering.

An ecological approach thought through together!

Titan Clean Fuel, our customer GPMM (Grand Port Maritime de Marseille), Corsica Linea, the fire brigade and our team (drivers, instructors, QHSE manager, sales and technical management) were present on the eve of the first bunkering operation to carry out a full-scale test and validate the operating procedure developed by Titan. This procedure takes into account all the technical aspects of such an operation, the novelty of this type of bunkering, the safety of A Galeotta's teams and customers, and the environment.

The next day, the same teams took part in the first refuelling, which was a great success.

LNG: the future of maritime transport.

Although LNG is used very little today, the outlook is favourable for the development of the use of this energy. According to LesEchos.com, LNG will account for 23 % of the total energy used in EU maritime transport by 2030, compared with 6% today and a quarter of European maritime transport!

LNG does not emit sulphur or fine particles into the air.

LNG also reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by 90% and CO2 emissions by 25%.

LNG: what are the advantages?

LNG (liquefied natural gas) is a fossil fuel with a number of advantages over other energy sources:

  1. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions : LNG produces around 25% less carbon dioxide emissions than coal and 15% less than oil. It can therefore contribute to the fight against climate change by replacing these more polluting fossil fuels.
  2. Better air quality : By burning more cleanly than other fossil fuels, LNG can help reduce air pollution, particularly in urban areas.
  3. Less expensive than other energy sources: The production cost of LNG is generally lower than that of other energy sources, which can lead to savings for consumers and businesses.
  4. Easier storage and transport: LNG can be stored and transported more easily than natural gas in gaseous form, making it more accessible in places far from natural gas sources.
  5. Less dangerous : Because of its very low boiling point, LNG is less flammable than natural gas in gaseous form, making it safer to store and transport.