Shipowner Brittany Ferries and energy company Repsol have reached an agreement for the extension of the supply of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the ferry operator’s Spanish operations.
Repsol will supply LNG bunker fuel to the company’s Salamanca and Santoña during the ships’ regular visits on routes linking Portsmouth, UK and northern Spain, beginning in 2022. These units will be the company’s second and third LNG-powered vessels, and the first to operate to and from northern Spain.
Salamanca and Santoña will follow in the wake of Honfleur, currently under construction in Germany and due to enter service early 2020.
Under the deal, the energy company will build two LNG bunker terminals at the ports of Bilbao and Santander, where Brittany Ferries conducts its operations. Each terminal will include an intermediate storage tank of 1,000 m3 to guarantee an uninterrupted supply.
“These new terminals will allow regular, flexible and reliable deliveries during the calls of Salamanca and Santoña in our Spanish ports,” said Frédéric Pouget, Fleet and Operations Manager Brittany Ferries.