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La Spezia Port To Handle First LNG Bunkering Operation

La Spezia port to handle first LNG bunkering operation

La Spezia, Italy (PortSEurope) October 20, 2020 – In the coming weeks, La Spezia port will carry out its first liquified natural gas (LNG) bunker operation on a visiting vessel. “The news that in the coming weeks, in the port of La Spezia, the first LNG bunkering operation will be carried out on the Costa Smeralda, is excellent news, which fills us with satisfaction and
pride, because once again our port is the first at a national level in which an operation of this type is carried out, which is instead of ordinary administration in many ports in Northern Europe and, for the Mediterranean basin, in Barcelona and Marseille”, said Carla Roncallo. President, Autorita’di Sistema Portuale del Mar Ligure Orientale (AdSP – Eastern Ligurian Sea Port Authority). The operation is a result of almost two years of work of a technical group coordinated by the AdSP and participated by the System Authority, the Municipality of La Spezia, the Provincial Fire Brigade Command , ARPAL, ASL, Customs Agency, Port chemists, Technical nautical services of the port of La Spezia, SNAM Panigaglia, trade associations and all authorized bodies for the certification of ship safety. It is an important development as cruise and cargo vessels are increasingly using LNG as a fuel due to environmental pressure. For shipowners, the IMO targets for reducing emissions are an absolute priority and in this sense LNG will allow them to be fully achieved. For this reason cruise ship operator Carnival has commissioned the construction of 11 LNG and MSC units of another four, and having or not the possibility of serving these ships in Italy, will make the difference for our country and will do it above all for our port, in the which more and more will climb this type of ships, also to refuel, as well as to enjoy the beauties of this territory. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.

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