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Valenciaport-Baleària partnership boosts port to forefront of LNG bunker supply in Spain

26 Jan 2021

The Port Authority of Valencia (PAV) on Monday (25 January) said Valenciaport is at the forefront in Spain for the supply of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) by shipping company Baleària.

Specifically, in 2020, the Dénia-based company carried out a total of 291 natural gas supply operations, amounting to 26,777 cbm, at the Port of Valencia, which represents 40% of the bunkering operations carried out by the company in Spain.  

PAV and Baleària have been collaborating for years to introduce LNG bunker supply and improve physical supply services with the implementation of the Multi Truck to Ship System (MTTS).

95% of all Baleària’s supplies were carried out using this method, where several tankers simultaneously supply LNG to the ship, making bunkering faster and more efficient.

Ships that received this clean burning fuel in 2020 included five ferries that connected the port of Valencia with the Balearic Islands: Hypatia of Alexandria, Abel Matutes, Sicilia, Nápoles and Bahama Mama.

“One of the cornerstones of our environmental activity is the collaboration with leading companies such as Baleària to sail together towards the common goal of decarbonisation and the use of clean energy,” said Aurelio Martínez, President of the PAV.

“A strategy that is part of Valenciaport 2030, zero emissions goal in which the entire port community is immersed to be one of the most eco-efficient ports in Europe”.

“We are the only ferry company that sails on gas and this places us at the forefront of supplies made in Spain, where 96% of all the bunkering carried out on ships corresponds to our vessels,” added Adolfo Utor, President of Baleària.

“We are pioneers in the use of natural gas and this year we will complement the renovation of nine ships in the fleet, which have involved an investment of EUR 380 million.”

Utor added the current Baleària objective is to achieve zero emissions through renewable energy projects, such as green hydrogen and renewable gas.

At a national level, throughout 2020, Balearia has carried out a total of 714 bunkering operations in the different peninsular ports in which it operates.

In the Valencian Community, it has carried out 36 operations in Denia, and the shipping company has carried out supplies in Barcelona, Almeria, Málaga and Huelva.

Related: Balearia launches LNG bunker supply in Valencia port using MTTS
Related: IMO 2020: BP Marine adds Valencia to global bunker supply network

Photo credit: Baleària

Published: 26 January, 2021


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