Gibraltar Port Authority on Thursday (25 March) said the port saw its first liquified natural gas (LNG) bunkering operation when Shell chartered LNG bunker vessel Coral Methane to supply LNG to Lomonosov Prospect, an Aframax tanker operated by Sovcomflot.
This development is an important milestone for the Port of Gibraltar and has been made possible by the dedication, hard work and effort put into developing LNG bunkering infrastructure as a new feature for Gibraltar by HM Government of Gibraltar, Gibraltar Port Authority and Shell.
“This further sets down a marker that the Port of Gibraltar is at the forefront of the drive for greater sustainability and improved environmental performance of the maritime industry internationally, and highlights the key strengths of the port, namely our adaptability and responsiveness to the wider trends developing within the industry,” said Hon Vijay Daryanani MP, Minister of the Port.
“This is another great milestone for the expansion of LNG as a maritime fuel globally. The start-up of this location means the fuelling requirements of tankers which operate on less predictable routes are increasingly being met,” added Tahir Faruqui, General Manager, Shell Global Downstream LNG.
“I would like to congratulate the Gibraltar Government and Port Authority for their vision to enable LNG bunkering and look forward to many more operations as we continue to demonstrate our ability and commitment to providing safe operations and reliable supplies to meet the growing need of the shipping industry for cleaner-burning fuels.”
Photo credit: Gibraltar Port Authority
Published: 29 March, 2021
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