French energy major TotalEnergies will be operating 10 LNG dual-fuelled tankers out of the 50 it has on long-term time charter by the middle of this year.

The company already boasts three LNG dual-fuelled VLCCs — two from AET and one from Maran Tankers — along with two aframax tankers. It will take on another four aframaxes this year plus a 20,000-dwt vessel, which it is treating as something of a trial.

Jerome Cousin, senior vice president of shipping at TotalEnergies, said size matters in running an LNG dual-fuel fleet because having more ships enables the company to “turn some volumes” in the big bunkering hubs, optimise this fleet and make the right call when switching fuels.