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Water S/F SamueLNG for a Blue Atlantic Arch


S/F SamueLNG for a Blue Atlantic Arch Action is the first phase of a Global Project aiming at improving the sustainability of marine traffic by promoting marine LNG as a viable fuel source for small vessels. 

To do so, the Action aims at introducing a LNG distribution network within the Atlantic Arch and is thus a wider benefits MoS Action. Two objectives are pursued, namely the deployment of a pilot LNG dredger as well as the preparation of the preliminary studies enabling the future deployment of LNG bunkering infrastructure on the Atlantic Arch.

To accomplish this, the following investments are foreseen within this Action:

  • A pilot activity, namely the LNG retrofit of the Samuel de Champlain dredger vessel from Marine Gas Oil to a dual source fuel engine system.
  • The completion of studies on LNG bunkering (risk assessment in the port of Nantes Saint-Nazaire, a mobile bunkering unit in the Port of Gijon and a floating device in the Port of Vigo)
  • Environmental Impact studies in the ports of Rouen, Le Havre and Nantes Saint-Nazaire 
  • The training of staff involved in LNG operations in Ports of Nantes Saint-Nazaire and Rouen
  • Dissemination of the Action results to the maritime community 

Completion of these activities will represent a significant step to the advancement of LNG as a fuel source, and will enable the second phase of this Global Project, which include the further installation of the mobile LNG shore unit in the Port of Gijon and the bunkering of the floating barge in the Port of Vigo.


Estimated cost of the action:



Percentage of EU support: 50%

Maximum EU contribution: 




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Member States involved:

France, Spain, The Netherlands


Implementation schedule:

Start date: August 2016

End date: June 2019


Project Coordinator:

 Dragages Ports


Additional information:

 European Commission, DG MOVE

 Coordinator's report on the Corridor