Global energy giant, Shell has completed its first LNG bunkering services at the Port of Gibraltar. The Port of Gibraltar, also known as Gibraltar Harbour, is a seaport in the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar.
The port was a strategically important location during the Napoleonic Wars and after 1869 served as a supply point for ships travelling to India through the Suez Canal.
According to World Maritime News, Shell submitted an application for this LNG bunker license in 2019. The Government of Gibraltar confirmed its approval in January 2021..
The minister for the Port, Hon Vijay Daryanani said: “This further sets down a marker that the Port of Gibraltar is at the forefront of the drive for greater sustainability and improved environmental performance of the maritime industry internationally, and highlights the key strengths of the port, namely our adaptability and responsiveness to the wider trends developing within the industry… This is a further step towards a greener Gibraltar.”
General manager of Shell Global Downstream LNG Tahir Faruqui added: “This is another great milestone for the expansion of LNG as a maritime fuel globally. The start-up of this location means the fuelling requirements of tankers which operate on less predictable routes are increasingly being met.”