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Cepsa becomes ‘first company’ in Europe to operate hybrid diesel-electric bunker tanker

25 Jan 2023

Spanish oil company and bunkering firm Cepsa on Monday (23 January) said it has added a hybrid electric-diesel barge to its fleet of marine fuel supply vessels.

The new vessel, which is already operating in the Bay of Algeciras, is the first of its kind to supply marine fuels in Europe.

It is a barge built by Astilleros de Murueta in Erandio (Vizcaya) and is owned by the Spanish shipowner Mureloil.

The hybrid barge reduces fuel consumption by 30% and greenhouse gas emissions by more than 35% compared to a conventional barge. It will not generate carbon emissions when berthed in port and avoids the annual emission of more than 2,000 tons of CO2.

The ship is equipped with four generator sets that allow electric propulsion, as well as a battery system for auxiliary services in port. It also has a specific and optimised design that makes it more efficient and easier to manoeuvre.

The cargo capacity of 7,800 m3, distributed in 12 tanks, reduces ship rotation which translates into lower consumption.

The new barge also includes state-of-the-art engines, which will use Cepsa lubricants, and, as a feature, all the cargo lines will have mass flow meters technology which guarantees precise and reliable measurement of the fuel supplied.

In addition to conventional fuels, the hybrid barge can also supply advanced biofuels. Cepsa in October 2022 said it has successfully tested the supply of second-generation biofuels to its ships. These biofuels can be used without the need for modifications to ships and are capable of reducing greenhouse gas emissions over the entire life cycle by up to 90% compared to traditional fossil fuels.

“We are very pleased to have developed this innovative project, the first of its kind in Europe. Cepsa, with more than 90 years of experience in the maritime sector, has always been a pioneer in times of change in the market,” said Samir Fernández, Cepsa’s Bunker Manager.

“Now that maritime transport needs to act quickly to meet the emissions reduction targets of FuelEU Maritime, at Cepsa we continue to try to be a benchmark and encourage the industry to transform faster to achieve a sustainable future.

“This is another example of the steady progress that we are making with Positive Motion, as we adapt to offer sustainable solutions to our clients and to European ports, and we advance in the decarbonisation of maritime transport. In addition, we continue to promote the use of biofuels among our clients, generating commitment and trust, so that we can be their provider of sustainable marine solutions”.


Photo credit: Cepsa
Published: 25 January, 2023

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