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First LNG bunkering operation in the port of La Spezia


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Roncallo: “Two years working for an important result. The issue of safety has always been at the center of the path. Excellent news for the environment, given the very low emissions produced by LNG-fueled engines”.

“The news that in the coming weeks, in the port of La Spezia, the first LNG bunkering operation will be carried out on the Costa Smeralda, is something excellent which fills us with satisfaction and pride, because once again our port is the first at a national level in which an operation of this type is managed. The LNG bunkering is ordinary in many ports in Northern Europe and, for the Mediterranean basin, in Barcelona and Marseille”, Carla Roncallo, President of the Port System Authority of the Eastern Ligurian Sea, stated.

The president underlines how such important results never come by chance. To get this target almost two years of work of a technical table have been needed, coordinated by the Capitaneria di Porto and participated by the Port System Authority, the Municipality of La Spezia, the Provincial Command of the Fire Brigade, ARPAL, ASL, Customs Agency, Port chemists, Technical nautical services of the port of La Spezia, SNAM Panigaglia, trade associations and all authorized bodies for the certification of ship safety.

Safety, above all, has been always crucial to the affairs of the Table.

To appreciate the importance of this goal, it is necessary to take note of, especially in the cruise sector, shipping is increasingly moving in this direction and this can only be an excellent news for the environment, given the very low emissions produced by LNG-powered engines.

For shipowners, the IMO targets for reducing emissions are an absolute priority and in this sense LNG will allow them to be fully achieved.

For this reason, Carnival has commissioned the construction of new 11 LNG units, while MSC has commissioned other four similar units. Having the chance to serve these new ships in Italy will be absolutely remarkable for the whole country economics, as it will be for the port itself, where more and more companies will be able to refuel, as well as to enjoy the beauties of this territory”.

Special thanks, therefore, to the whole working group, but above all to the Command of the Capitaneria della Spezia and to the Maritime Directorate of Genoa, who once again put their skills at the service of the territory, without ever losing sight of the safety, always at the center of the path that led us today to this great result ”, concludes the President.