Despite the pandemic, the development of LNG bunkering in Spain grew exponentially in 2020: a total of 741 operations were carried out to supply LNG as marine fuel, in which a total of 122,058 m3 of natural gas were delivered. This means that the number of operations completed in 2019 (when there were 199 operations) was multiplied by four. 68.5% of the fuel bunkered was supplied to ferries, 31.1% to cruise ships and 0.4% to other types of vessels.
In addition, operations gained greater flexibility and efficiency during 2020, more than 75% of the supplies made from tanker trucks were carried out simultaneously from several trucks, known as “multitruck to ship” operations, which allows to increase the flow of transfer and reduce refueling time.
The number of Spanish ports that supply LNG to ships on a regular basis also increased from six to nine: operations were carried out in the ports of Algeciras, Almería, Barcelona, Bilbao, Denia, Huelva, Malaga, Tenerife and Valencia.
On the other hand, there were important regulatory changes last year which, added to Europe’s support for infrastructure development, will be determining factors to accelerate the incorporation of this sustainable maritime fuel.
In October 2020, the new LNG bunkering tolls applicable to the national territory came into force and are the most competitive in Europe. The European Commission’s support for the LNGhive2 strategy was also announced for the construction of two new LNG bunker ships that will operate in the ports of Barcelona and Algeciras. Both milestones will allow Spain to continue consolidating its position as a benchmark for LNG bunkering in Europe.