Spotted: 1st LNG Bunkering of Fure Vinga in Europe

Image Courtesy: Nauticor, Gas Natural Fenosa

 On May 19, 2018, the newbuild chemical tanker Fure Vinga bunkered LNG for the first time in Europe.

The vessel received a total of 120 tons of the environmental-friendly fuel in a truck-to-ship operation in the Port of Cartagena.

“We are glad that the first LNG bunker operation for Fure Vinga in Europe has been completed smoothly, thanks to the cooperation of all parties involved in the bunker operation, including the ship’s crew and port authorities, as well as the profound preparation by Gas Natural Fenosa and Nauticor,” Lars Höglund, CEO of Furetank, said.

LNG companies Nauticor and Gas Natural Fenosa decided to join forces and cooperate in order to jointly enable this operation.

“With this type of cooperation it is evident that the use of LNG as a marine fuel is an economic, real and available solution for shipping companies, guaranteeing supply in ports of different areas,” Joaquin Mendiluce, General Manager of Gas Natural Comercializadora, said.

Swedish-flagged Fure Vinga is the first in a series of six newbuild chemical tankers owned and operated by Donsö-based Furetank. The vessel is the second LNG-fueled ship in the company’s fleet after the retrofitted chemical tanker Fure West.