Spain, the LNG-powered tug makes its debut

Tests completed in the Port of Bilbao under the EU Core LNGas program

In recent weeks, Remolcadores Ibaizabal and Astilleros de Murueta have completed testing of the new LNG-powered tug, which will soon enter service in the Port of Bilbao.
The Basque government also participates in the project, funded by the EU Core LNGas Hive program, through the entity Vasco de la Energía, the Port Authority of Bilbao, the operator of the gas network Enagas and Puertos del Estado.
The tug, called Ibaizabal 15, is 28 meters long and 12 meters wide and has a pulling capacity of 55 tons and a maximum speed of 12 knots.
The Port of Bilbao, a message reminds, was among the pioneers in the use of LNG in naval transport. Besides the new tug, a filling station will be built by Repsol at the Spanish airport that will supply liquefied gas to the ferries of Brittany Ferries. The Basque Port also carried out its first “truck to ship” bunkering in 2017 and the “ship to ship” bunkering the following year.

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28 July 2020 - 07:59 CEST