A Portuguese company has reportedly offered LNG ship refueling off islands and mainland.
The Galp Energy, Portugal based company has planned to expand its marine fuel offer by supplying low emission LNG for vessel and has already begun a refueling for a cruise ship in the Island of Madeira this week.
First for the nation:
A company spokesman said, “The refueling involving a ship running on LNG was the first carried out at a Portuguese port, and the first on any Atlantic island”.
The company expects to expand its LNG use to become mainstream in ships in the future due to stricter rules on harmful emissions.
He further added, “Galp now has the capacity to refuel ships with LNG at any port of mainland Portugal and islands and will soon also provide ship-to-ship refueling, with added capacity and flexibility”.
LNG powers an auxiliary motor used by the ship while at port, reducing local emissions. According to Galp, Carnival, a pioneer in cruise ship LNG use, will deploy four vessels that only use natural gas until 2020, when more restrictive marine fuels legislation comes into force.
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Source: Galp Energia