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Port of Bilbao conducts first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering

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ITSAS GAS, a company formed by the Basque Energy Entity (the Basque Government Energy Agency), tug boat operators, Remolcadores Ibaizabal and shipowner, Naviera Murueta, has carried out the first trial run in transferring LNG ship-to-ship in the Port of Bilbao.

It is the first time this type of bunkering operation has ever been performed in the Atlantic Arc and Mediterranean.

The presentation was attended by the chairman of the Basque Energy, and Basque Government Minister for Economic Development and Infrastructures, Arantza Tapia, the general director of EVE and chairman of ITSAS GAS, Iñigo Ansola, and the chairman of the Port Authority of Bilbao, Asier Atutxa. In Tapia’s words, this new vessel-supply service “positions us as a European reference in sustainable maritime transport” and situates the Basque ports as a reference route for gas refuelling.

This trial, in which approximately 90 m3 of LNG was transferred, was carried out from the refurbished vessel Oizmendi to a cement ship in transit – a client of Molgas Energy – moored in the Port of Bilbao.

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