Baleària carried out the first natural gas bunkering operation in the port of Almería. The fuel supply was carried out satisfactorily to the Bahama Mama ferry that covers the lines with Melilla and Nador (Morocco) and which was converted to LNG last summer.
The supply, which was carried out in coordination with the Almería Port Authority (APA), was done through the Truck to Ship system. The ship’s tanks have a storage capacity of 280 cubic meters, allowing the Bahama Mama to navigate with a range of 750 nautical miles. The operation was successfully carried out by ESK, a company specialized in transportation and supply of natural gas.
“It has been a historic day for the port, since this service allows us to offer shipping companies a cleaner and more efficient fuel, and with this we contribute to reduce emissions to the atmosphere and achieve a more sustainable port area,” said the president of the Port Authority Jesús Caicedo.
To adapt the docks to the bunkering of LNG, seven new external hydrants have been installed in the fire network and the drinking water intakes have been changed, as well as the manholes in ramps 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. The works were made by the José Martínez Sierra company. A Safety Manual for LNG bunkering Operations was also drafted and approved, carried out by the company Tramita Ingeniería, specialized in this type of supplies.
The bunkering will be carried out with tanker trucks, in an estimated time of 60 minutes each, being prepared for two tanker trucks to operate at the same time by means of a novel system and always adopting all the necessary safety measures. With this new service, in addition to contributing to the sustainability of the Port, the APA will be able to capture the arrival of shipping companies with vessels that run on this fuel.
It should be remembered that Baleària has a very firm commitment to LNG as a fuel for its ferries. Thus, the shipping company will have in 2021 nine ships with natural gas engines, six of them converted and another three new built.