Remolcadores Ibaizabal and Astilleros de Murueta have completed the tests of the new dual fuel LNG tugboat, which will enter service in the Port of Bilbao soon, as part of the fleet of the port towing service. The tug will be named Ibaizabal 15 and is 28 meters long, 12 meters wide, with a gross register of 397 GT, a pulling capacity of 55 tons and reaches a speed of 12 knots.
In addition to the owner and the shipyard, the project has the participation of the Basque Government, through the Basque Energy Agency. It is also included in the CORE LNGas hive project of the European Union, in which the Port Authority of Bilbao, Enagas, State Ports, Ibaizabal, Murueta and the Basque Energy Agency participate.
The Port of Bilbao is a pioneer in environmental management and promotes different initiatives that fit into the axes selected by the port system to contribute to the 2030 Agenda. One of them is to boost the supply of LNG to ships. In addition to the entry into service of this new tug, Repsol recently announced that it wants to build its first natural gas station in the port. As a result of the agreement with Brittany Ferries, it will be attached to the terminal where its ferries dock and will bunker the LNG-powered ships that this shipping company is building, and other ships when the berth is not occupied.
This initiative joins to others carried out previously, such as the first truck to ship bunkering carried out in 2017, or the first pilot test of LNG bunkering from ship to ship throughout the Atlantic Arc and the Mediterranean, which took place in February 2018.
Source: Port of Bilbao