The Spanish Gas Association, also known as Sedigas, in February issued a notice informing maritime stakeholders of an approaching change in the legal nature of bunkering services at European Union (EU) ports due EU Regulation 2017/352.
“Next March 24 2019 will begin the application of EU Regulation 2017/352 which brings a great novelty: the change in the legal nature of bunkering service in ports, going from being a commercial service to one […] with public service obligations,” it said.
As such, Sedigas says it is speaking with industry stakeholders to introduce a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering service at Spain.
It notes the development to be in line with Spain’s LNG infrastructure as the country has the largest number of regasification plants and LNG storage capacity.
“LNG as fuel is already a technological reality for the maritime transport of goods and passengers in Spain, since it can be used on different types of ships,” it explains.
“In addition, by establishing competitive bunkering tolls compared to nearby ports, Spain can attract the emerging market and increase the competitiveness of ports.”
The EU Regulation 2017/352 document can be found here.
Brittany Ferries in February signed an agreement with Spanish energy company Repsol for the delivery of LNG to its Spanish operations.
Photo credit: © European Union, 2019
Published: 8 March, 2019
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