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Port Of Viana Do Castelo Makes Debut In Supplying Natural Gas To Ships

Port of Viana do Castelo makes debut in supplying natural gas to ships

Lisbon, Portugal (PortSEurope) July 31, 2020 – The port of Viana do Castelo has become the first port under the management of Administração dos Portos do Douro, Leixões e Viana do Castelo (APDL) to carry the supply of liquified natural gas (LNG) to a vessel, in this instance the Sicilia ferry, owned by Spain’s Baleària Eurolíneas Marítimas. APDL invested in the infrastructure required and can now
handle vessels such as the Sicilia which was converted to LNG fuel at the West Sea shipyards. The vessel, 186 metres long with a capacity to carry 1,000 passengers and over 400 vehicles, was supplied with about 125 m³ of LNG, at the Multiusos Terminal of the Port of Viana do Castelo. The operation was carried out jointly by the Port Administration, West Sea, Baleària,  Marmedsa (Shipping Agent) and ESK (a company specialized in the transport of liquefied and cryogenic gases), with the collaboration and support of other port entities and firefighters, having APDL appointed SGS, Portugal, to jointly monitor the entire operation of the ship and the transporter/supplier. The operation results in a 30% reduction in the ship’s CO2 emissions, the saving of more than 9,000 tons of CO2 per year and the elimination of sulfur and other particulate emissions. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.

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