Cartagena, Spain (PortSEurope) May 25, 2018 – The first liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering operation in Europe has taken place at Cartagena port.
The Fure Vinga vessel, owned by Furetank, received 120 tonnes of fuel from six LNG tanker trucks.
“We are happy that the first LNG bunkering operation for the Fure Vinga in Europe took place without a hitch thanks to the cooperation from all those involved, including the crew of the vessel and the port authorities, as well as the cooperation between Gas Natural Fenosa and Nauticor”, said Lars Höglund, CEO of Furetank.
“This type of operation shows that the use of LNG as a marine fuel is an economical, real and available solution for shipping companies, guaranteeing supply at ports around the world”, said Joaquin Mendiluce, Wholesale Commercialisation Manager Iberia of Gas Natural Fenosa.
The LNG experts from the two companies decided to work together and cooperate on this operation, thereby expanding their LNG supply network and highlighting the potential of LNG as a marine fuel in Europe. “Our experience with LNG made it possible for this bunkering operation to go smoothly, showing the client that the availability of LNG as a marine fuel is improving day by day”, said Mahinde Abeynaike, CEO of Nauticor.
For Nauticor, which is already supplying the Fure West for Furetank in north-west Europe, the cooperation with Gas Natural Fenosa highlights the existing LNG supply potential. Nauticor has been leading the way in the development of LNG for maritime applications. It has gained extensive experience and built up a broad network of locations for the provision of LNG bunkering in north-west Europe over recent years.
Gas Natural Fenosa has been leading innovative LNG solutions in recent years and is committed to leading the development of LNG bunkering in Iberia, both through occasional supplies such as this operation with the Fure Vinga and through long-term contracts such as the one signed with Balearia.
Gas Natural Fenosa is a leading Madrid-based multinational group in the energy sector leading the way in gas and electricity integration in Spain and Latin America.
It is a leader in the commercialisation of gas in the Iberian Peninsula and one of the main liquefied natural gas (LNG) operators in the world, supplying LNG not only to Spain but customers around the world. As an expert in LNG, Gas Natural Fenosa develops LNG infrastructure at ports by offering customised solutions to shipping companies and is playing a crucial role in the Mediterranean bunkering market.
Nauticor GmbH & Co. KG, based in Hamburg, is a leading supplier of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a shipping fuel. It is part of the Linde Group.
Nauticor looks to cover the entire LNG value chain from terminal to end customer, including supply, transport, storage and bunkering at strategically important ports.
Source: Gas Natural Fenosa
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