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Balearia And Port Of Motril Start Working With LNG

Balearia and Port of Motril start working with LNG

Motril, Spain (PortSEurope) April 14, 2021 – The Port of Motril continues to work to reduce the carbon footprint of its industrial activity, as confirmed by the projects recently carried out in this regard, and for a few days it has joined the list of Spanish ports that supplies liquefied natural gas. This is the case withthe Balearia Hypatia de Alejandría ferry that uses LNG
for the crossing with Melilla and during its stay in the port and with which it is possible to reduce CO2 emissions into the atmosphere by 30%. Furthermore, as it is a high-performance fuel, the noise it emits is practically imperceptible, thereby improving the acoustic and air quality in the surroundings of the port neighborhoods.   For the supply of this type of fuel through bunkering, both the port and the shipping company have had to develop a series of protocols and obtain different licenses related to the use of liquefied gas.  Coordinate operations Since the Hypatia de Alejandría ship makes a short stopover in the Port of Motril, Balearia has had to coordinate its operations of embarkation and disembarkation of vehicles and passengers to carry out the refilling of LNG, which can take approximately an hour and a half. It is the first vessel in the shipping company’s fleet to sail with natural gas, a fuel that reduces CO2 emissions by 30% and NOx emissions by 80%. Motril, together with the ports of Algeciras, Almería, Barcelona, ​​Bilbao, Denia, Huelva, Málaga, Tenerife and Valencia, is one of the few in Spain that has a ship and LNG supply, “the most revolutionary and innovative thing that exists in the shipping industry worldwide ”, has indicated the president of the Port Authority, José García Fuentes.  Spain has carried out in 2020 a total of 741 operations to supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to be used as fuel in ships, the so-called ‘bunkering’, which has represented a four-fold increase in those carried out in the previous year. Last year was marked by important regulatory changes that will be determining factors to accelerate the incorporation of this sustainable marine fuel. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2021.

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