It's an LNG STS first in Gibraltar
Fendercare Marine makes a landmark first STS transfer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) at the port of Gibraltar.
The 12-hour transfer took place between a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) and an LNG carrier, under the watchful eye of the Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA).
Three years ago, the team at Fendercare Marine had met with the GPA to discuss the possibility of future LNG STS action in the area, and over the intervening years, have worked with the local authorities to establish better knowledge of such transfers and the safety measures in place.
Because of this, when an enquiry came in for a possible LNG STS transfer in the region, the GPA was happy to work with Fendercare Marine and provided the necessary approval.
The first LNG STS exchange in Gibraltar was a great success, and Fendercare Marine is now equipped to support future projects like this worldwide. According to Elizabeth Skinner, operations director at Fendercare Marine, the company has identified a potential market for LNG STS at a time when greater quantities of LNG are being shipped, as countries around the world move further towards cleaner fuels.
"The growth of the LNG market over recent years has been huge, there are 10s of projects in the feasibility/consultation and build stage globally and this will only increase as more countries turn to a cleaner source of power to import."
"The scope of marine services and equipment supply at Fendercare Marine means we are able to support these projects through each stage of design and ship build through to assisting operations when the vessels come into service."
The Captain of the Gibraltar Port, Commodore Bob Sanguinetti concludes:
"This reinforces our leading role as a premier bunker port offering the widest possible range of marine services."