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Spanish energy company Enagás, along with Repsol, has carried out the first pipe-to-ship LNG bunkering of a container ship at the Port of Cartagena.

The operation, which was completed earlier this month, involved CMA CGM Group company Containerships’ Borealis.

The Cartagena terminal was the first European infrastructure to perform a pipe-to-ship bunkering operation in 2017.

‘At present, it has already performed 10 and has become a European benchmark in this type of operation thanks to the technological investment made in our infrastructure,’ Enagás said.

The Cartagena terminal has a small scale dock where the fuel is supplied to vessels via hoses from a berth connected to the terminal.

As previously reported, the number of LNG bunkering operations in Spain rose from 741 in 2020 to 943 in 2021, a year-on-year (y-o-y) increase of 27%.

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