Spanish shipping and ferry company Baleària recently announced the launch of liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker supply operations in the port of Valencia by using the Multi Truck to Ship (MTTS) system, in which several tanks operate simultaneously to supply fuel to the ship.
The development has been approved by the Valencia Port Authority.
Valencia engineering company Cotenaval, together with delegated personnel of Baleària, conducted the MTTS system testing when supplying LNG to the Hypatia de Alejandria of the Baleària shipping fleet, which is currently covering the route between Valencia, Ibiza and Palma.
In the test, the shipping company uses a collector manufactured by Kosan Crinsplant, which has been optimised for this specific operation by Cotenaval, as well as tanks from logistics company ESK.
The transfer speed of this system ranges between 80 and 120 m3 / h, depending on the pumping characteristics of the tanks used. During the bunkering operation carried out on 29 December, two simultaneous tanks were used, with a transfer rate of 95m3 / hour, which allowed them to be unloaded in 55 minutes.
The simultaneous supply of several tankers to ship is faster than the usual method, known as Truck To Ship (TTS), in which it can only supply a single tank and usually reaches a discharge speed between 30 and 50m3 / h.
Baleària is the first LNG bunker supply in Spain to be using the MTTS system when it launched in November, in the port of Huelva.
The Hypatia de Alexandria ferry, has two LNG storage bunker tanks with a volume of 330 m3. Incorporated in January 2019, it was the first Baleària ship to navigate with liquefied natural gas.
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Photo credit: Baleària
Published: 8 January, 2020
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