S/F SamueLNG




An EU co-funded CEF project with the snappy title Spanish/French Sustainable Atlantic Motorways of the seas Using as fuel for Engine LNG, or S/F SamueLNG  for short, started on 13th December 2016, in Gijon, Spain.

S/F SamueLNG Project, lead by French Dragages-Ports, is the first phase of the Global Project ‘Towards a Blue Atlantic Arch by 2025’. The overall project aims to improve the sustainability of marine traffic through the use of marine Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as an environmentally-friendly, and cost-effective, alternative to conventional ship fuels for small vessels.

According to the ‘Third IMO Greenhouse Gas Study 2014’, maritime transport emits around 1000 million tonnes of CO2 annually and is responsible for about 2.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Shipping emissions are predicted to increase by between 50% and 250% by 2050 – depending on future economic and energy developments – and something clearly needs to be done. Such increases are not compatible with the internationally agreed goal of keeping the global temperature increase below 2°C, compared to pre-industrial levels. The current goals require worldwide emissions to be at least halved, from 1990 levels, by 2050.
Subsequently, the IMO’s Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) has agreed that implementation of a 0.5% global sulphur cap on marine fuel will be brought forward to 2020, from the originally proposed date of 2025. The S/F SamueLNG Project will contribute to this by helping to achieve the objectives of two key EU Directives: Directive 2014/94/EU on the sustainability of the European maritime transport and Directive 2012/33/EU on reduction in the sulphur content of marine fuels.

The S/F SamueLNG project was selected in 2016  for receiving EU financial assistance in the field of Connecting Europe Facility (CEF)-Transport sector, under the priority Motorways of the Sea, following the calls for proposals launched on 5th November 2015.

More information on the website of Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA)

Key activities

Key activities

Over the next three years, the S/F SamueLNG Project will cover the following key activities:

the consortium

the consortium

The SamueLNG Project is coordinated by Dragages-Ports, owner of Samuel de Champlain dredger, and supported by a solid consortium of 12 partners, from along the Atlantic Arch, representing France, Spain and the Netherlands.

The partners working alongside Dragages-Ports are:

5 public port authorities:
Nantes Saint-Nazaire (GPMNSN),
Le Havre (GPMH),
Rouen (GPMR),
Gijon (APG),
Vigo (APV)

2 ship engineering and design companies:

2 energy supply companies:
Energias de Portugal (EDP),
Gas Natural Fenosa (GNF)

A short sea shipping company:
Suardiaz (VN)

An international dredging association:




Press release n°2

The conversion into dual fuel of Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) Samuel de Champlain is now in its active preparation phase.


Meeting in Vigo

The partners met in Vigo on June 26th 2017, to assess the implementation of the project.
This meeting was the opportunity to attend the Green energy Port Conference, organised by the Port of Vigo.


Press release n°1

Read the press release n°1 published by the consortium on February 1st 2017 :

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Kick off meeting

The S/F SamueLNG Project started work in earnest, at the meeting in Gijon, Spain, to agree
schedules which will be disseminated to all interested parties in due course.