Spanish energy company Gas Natural Fenosa was awarded a marine fuel supply operation for 120 tonnes of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) by the Swedish company Furetank. This is the first operation of its kind conducted by Gas Natural Fenosa at the Port of Cartagena and the first bunkering operation on the tanker Fure Vinga in Europe.
The vessel received 120 tonnes of environmentally-friendly LNG from six tanker trucks during an operation that took place at the Port of Cartagena. “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. Nauticor GmbH & Co. KG is a leading provider of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as marine fuel.
“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.
The Swedish vessel Fure Vinga is the first in a series of six newbuild tankers to be used for the transportation of chemical products owned and operated by Furetank, an LNG leader based in Donsö. This is the second LNG-fuelled vessel in the company’s fleet and joins the oil/chemical tanker Fure West, which has been using LNG for fuel since 2015.
Nauticor, which is already supplying the Fure West for Furetank in north-west Europe, 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.
GasNatural 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.
Natural gas: the key to reducing carbon in maritime transport
As is the case with natural gas for the road haulage sector, the use of LNG as a marine fuel is another option with great potential for lowering carbon emissions in maritime transport given that the vast majority of vessels currently run on petroleum products. The use of LNG as a maritime fuel has several advantages for the environment: it reduces noise by 50%, CO2 emissions by 25% and nitrogen oxide and sulphur oxide emissions by over 80%.
At present, the world’s fleet powered by LNG is increasing by 15-25% every year, which would mean that if this trend continued, by 2025 the world’s LNG-powered fleet would consist of 300-600 vessels. It is estimated that by 2035, 22% of the total consumption of bunkering will be of LNG.
Source: Gas Natural Fenosa