The use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a bunker fuel is among of the most efficient alternatives a shipowner can make in order to meet the upcoming global sulphur cap of 0.50% for marine fuel by 2020, says Spanish natural gas and electrical energy utilities firm Gas Natural Fenosa.
The Head of Bunkering Development of LNG in Spain and Portugal of Gas Natural Fenosa, Jose Maria Ruiz Anton, made the statement at the Smart Ports: Energy Management in Andalusian ports event organised by the port of Malaga on Thursday.
“LNG does not have sulphur emissions, reduces NOx emissions by 90%, and particle emissions by 99%, being one of the cleanest fuels available today,” he said.
The event also saw José María Gómez, Head of the Exploitation Area of the Port Authority of Cartagena, speaking about the potential of LNG as an alternative fuel for ships; he presented a case study discussing the port of Cartagena which witnessed the largest LNG bunkering operation in Spain.
The meeting was attended by the Minister of Employment, Business and Commerce of the Junta de Andalucia, Javier Carnero, the President of the Port Authority of Malaga, Paulino Plata, and the General Director of the Gas Natural Fenosa Foundation, Marti Sola.
Gas Natural Fenosa in January entered into a ten-year exclusive liquefied natural gas (LNG) marine fuel supply agreement with Spanish ferry company Baleària Eurolínias Marítimas.
The LNG bunkering operation will be first carried out at the ports of Barcelona, Valencia and Algeciras gradually extending to all the peninsular ports in which the shipping company operates.
Photo credit: Gas Natural Fenosa
Published: 16 May, 2018
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