Port of Cartagena reinforces its commitment to LNG as marine fuel
The president of the Port Authority of Cartagena (APC) Yolanda Muñoz visited the Enagás regasification plant in Escombreras, accompanied by the company's General Director of Infrastructure Claudio Rodríguez and the Director of Asset Management, Rosa Nieto. "We are convinced that LNG as a sustainable fuel for the future will grow steadily in the coming years and could not miss the opportunity to visit the Enagás plant in our port," said Muñoz.
The Port of Cartagena has positioned itself as a pioneer in this sector in Europe, complying with current regulations, such as the directive 2014/94/EU of Alternative Fuel Infrastructure, and anticipating the future ones, such as the International Maritime Organization and the EU, according to which as of January 2020, ships can no longer use a fuel with an SOx content of more than 0.5%.
Along these lines, Enagás and APC participate in the development project of an LNG bunkering chain in the Spanish Mediterranean basin, an initiative that has obtained European funding through the funds for the development of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).
In collaboration with Repsol and Enagás, APC is a European benchmark for being the first (in 2017) to bunker LNG to a ship from a regasification plant. This initiative is part of the European project CORE LNGas hive and its continuation (LNGhive2), coordinated by Enagás, which develops an integrated, safe and efficient logistics chain for LNG bunkering in the Iberian Peninsula. "The Port of Cartagena is firmly committed to the implementation and extension of the use of alternative energy in large-scale maritime transport," said Muñoz.
"In addition to the port’s commitment to enable the necessary infrastructure and offer quality services in this area, we have a double objective: to open up new business opportunities and strengthen our commitment to sustainability and the environment," she added.
In general, all Spanish ports are making a great effort to contribute to the change of the energy model in transport, and LNG is one of the main options to contribute to decarbonization, since it is the only sustainable alternative for maritime transport today. According to data from Gasnam, Spain has positioned itself in 2019 as a reference in Europe in LNG bunkering: 195 operations have been carried out in which a total of 81,704 m3 of LNG have been supplied to ships, that is, a very significant increase with respect to the 60 operations carried out in 2018 in which 4,504 m3 were supplied.
Source: Port Authority of Cartagena