Ro-ro operator United European Car Carriers (UECC) says it recently reached a significant milestone when the LNG dual-fuel vessel ‘Auto Energy’ successfully completed its first LNG bunkering operation in the Mediterranean.
The delivery, provided by Spanish energy company Repsol, marks a step forward in UECC’s commitment to expanding its geographical scope of LNG operations and promoting environmental sustainability within the maritime industry. The bunkering operation took place in the port of Sagunto, Spain, being first LNG bunkering operation in this port and was made possible through the collaborative efforts of UECC, Repsol, ESK and local authorities. This milestone highlights the partnership between UECC and Repsol, as they work together to enhance the accessibility and availability of LNG as a sustainable marine fuel option throughout Europe.
Daniel Gent, Energy and Sustainability Manager UECC, said: “We are thrilled to have successfully bunkered LNG for the first time in the Mediterranean, thanks to the excellent collaboration with Repsol and the support of ESK and Sagunto Port Authority. This milestone showcases our commitment to extending the reach of our sustainable operations, reducing emissions, and promoting a greener future for the maritime industry.”
Eugenia Bertrand, Repsol Head of Green Gases and LNG New Uses added: “Repsol is delighted to have partnered with UECC to facilitate their first LNG bunkering operation in the Mediterranean. This collaboration aligns with our ambition to progress in the energy transition and contribute to the decarbonisation of the maritime sector. We look forward to further strengthening our partnership with UECC and supporting their future endeavours in promoting sustainable and efficient maritime transportation.”
LNG is regarded as a more environmentally friendly alternative to conventional marine fuels, reducing CO2 emissions by more than 20% and significantly reducing emissions of SOx, NOx and particulate matter. By adopting LNG as a fuel source, UECC continues to demonstrate its commitment to sustainability and proactively addresses the increasingly stringent environmental regulations governing the shipping industry.
The successful LNG bunkering operation in the Mediterranean opens doors to new possibilities for UECC, enabling the company to offer greener transportation solutions across a wider range of European routes. For Repsol this is another example of the company’s commitment to the decarbonisation of transport, with a multi-technological approach using all available solutions to reach zero net emissions by 2050.