Wed 24 Apr 2024 12:14 | Updated: Wed 24 Apr 2024 12:15

Peninsula launches B100 bunker vessel in Barcelona

Chemical tanker Aalborg capable of supplying up to 100% bio component.

The chemical tanker Aalborg at the Port of Barcelona.

Peninsula said its partnership with the Port of Barcelona places both parties at the forefront of sustainable fuel initiatives and underscores 'a joint commitment to innovation and environmental stewardship'. Pictured: The chemical tanker Aalborg at the Port of Barcelona. Image: Peninsula

Physical bunker supplier Peninsula has added the IMO II chemical tanker Aalborg to its sustainable fuel distribution capacity in the Western Mediterranean.

The vessel is capable of supplying 100% biofuels (B100), in contrast to traditional fuel barges that cannot exceed a bio component of 25%. It supplies fatty acid methyl esters ( FAME) produced from vegetable oils and allows for neutral emissions (depending on the origin of these vegetable oils), thereby reducing a receiving vessel’s carbon footprint.

The Aalborg's ability to blend multiple bio feedstocks and traditional fuels on board, together with a certificate detailing the bio component percentage, will enable ship owners to comply with impending Fuel EU Maritime regulation using the same engine.

Alejandro Morales Moreno, Supply Manager at Peninsula, emphasised the collaborative efforts between Peninsula and the Port of Barcelona, highlighting a shared vision for emissions reduction. He noted: "The addition of the Aalborg creates a meaningful, new decarbonisation solution for our customers and we're grateful to the Port Authority for facilitating its deployment in Barcelona."

Lluís Salvadó, president of the Port of Barcelona, remarked: "The importance of having a biofuel supply vessel permitted to supply up to 100% bio component, will provide Port of Barcelona users with a solution to decarbonise their activity and to fully comply with EU regulations. The Port of Barcelona, as part of its Energy Transition Plan, is committed to transition and alternative fuels such as LNG, green methanol or green ammonia, as well as biofuels, which will help to reduce the maritime sector's carbon footprint."

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