The fruit of the collaboration between the Basque Energy Entity (EVE, Spanish acronym), Bahía Bizkaia Gas (BBG) and the Port Authority of Bilbao is another example of innovation and sustainability with the first bunkering service providing liquefied natural gas to a vessel for fuel.
This first operation was carried out from a tanker with LNG using truck to ship bunkering, the most versatile technique, because there is no need for specific in-port facilities. Flexible hoses are the only necessary equipment to connect the ship with the tanker, which incorporates all the pumping system.
The first vessel to be bunkered in this way was the Ireland, 110 metres long and whose agency is Agencia Maritima Artiach Zuazaga, which belongs to a regular line between Bilbao and the United Kingdom and Ireland. The bunkering operation
lasted five hours and was carried out by a tanker from Molgas Energía, the first Company to be authorised for a commercial LNG ship supply service from land means in the Port of Bilbao.