Ferrol, Spain (PortSEurope) February 26, 2019 – For the first time, Ferrol port has hosted liquefied natural gas (LNG) refueling operations to ships. Two operations, carried out at the weekend, were carried out on the outer jetty, which is the dock of the inner dock where small and medium-sized cruise ships usually dock when they visit the port. LNG is also a fuel with great potential
to decarbonize shipping, one of the greatest issues currently facing shipping companies. LNG reduces ambient noise by 50%, CO2 emissions by 25% and NOx and SOx by more than 80%, helping the companies meet stringent emission targets. Current EU legislation puts tighter limits on emissions of seagoing vessels in European waters. Emissions Control Areas (ECAs) force the operators of vessels to use propulsion systems that result in lower emissions. One of the possible solutions is the use of LNG as a shipping fuel. The EU aims to decarbonise the industry by 2050. The ships that received the supply are the ferries Samnøy and Huftarøy, which have just been built in the Turkish Tersan shipyard, and were on their way to the Norwegian fjords, where they will be exploited in passenger services by the Torghatten Nord shipping company. The supply operations were made by Repsol, which used five tankers that had previously been filled with LNG at the Reganosa terminal. There are very few ports that are capable of performing such operations in Spain at the moment. Ferrol has the advantage of having a terminal like Reganosa in its port. In addition, Autoridad Portuaria de Ferrol-San Cibrao (APF – Port Authority of Ferrol) was a pioneer in the study of measures to develop this supply, in partnership with the aforementioned company, together with Navantia as well as the operator of the container terminal of the outer port. Reganosa is working to convert Ferrol into a LNG hub in the Iberian northwest, adapting its Mugardos facilities to the new challenge of small-scale LNG traffic. The Parliament of Galicia itself has fully supported this project as an strategic step forward. Source: Autoridad Portuaria de Ferrol-San Cibrao Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2019.
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