Spanish shipping and ferry company Baleària on Wednesday (18 November) said it completed the first liquified natural gas (LNG) bunkering operation at the port of Almería.
The bunkering operation, which was held jointly with the Almería Port Authority (APA), was performed on Baleària’s Bahama Mama ferry which covers the company’s Melilla – Nador (Morocco) route.
The LNG was delivered by gas transportation company ESK, and the ship-to-truck operation marks the introduction of LNG bunkering services at the port.
“It has been a historic day for the port since this will now allow us to offer shipping companies a cleaner and more efficient fuel,” said Jesús Caicedo, president of the Almería Port Authority.
“and with this we contribute to reducing emissions into the atmosphere and we achieve a more sustainable port area.”
To adapt the port’s docks to be able to supply LNG, seven new external hydrants have been installed in the fire network and the drinking water intakes have been changed, said the APA.
It added that future LNG bunkering operations will be carried out with tanker trucks, with an estimated time of 60 minutes each, where two tanker trucks will be able operate at the same time while maintaining all safety measures.
Photo credit: Baleària
Published: 20 November, 2020
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