Marine fuel supplier Peninsula has started delivering liquefied natural gas as fuel to vessels in Gibraltar with the 12,500-cbm Levante LNG.
The first delivery took place in Gibraltar on November 4 and Levante LNG supplied Royal Caribbean’s cruise vessel Silver Nova, according to a statement by Peninsula.
Germany’s Meyer Werft handed over the first LNG-powered Nova class cruise vessel to Silversea Cruises, the ultra-luxury brand of Royal Caribbean Group, in July, and the vessel took part in the first cruise ship LNG bunkering in Gibraltar in September.
Silver Nova has a travel capacity of 728 guests and a gross tonnage of 54,700 tons.
As per Levante LNG, this newbuild vessel arrived at its Mediterranean home at the end of September, while Penisula also won an LNG bunkering operator license by the government of Gibraltar and the Gibraltar Port Authority.
Following the completion of the first operation, the vessel is now fully operational in the Strait of Gibraltar and Western Mediterranean ports, Peninsula said.
John A. Bassadone, CEO of Peninsula said this “is our first LNG supply in Gibraltar keeping us ahead of the decarbonization curve and marking our move into the physical space through our joint owned, and operated vessel.”
Ealrier this year, South Korea’s Hyundai Mipo launched the LNG bunkering ship it built for Scale Gas, a unit of Spain’s Enagas, and Peninsula.
Scale Gas and Peninsula ordered this ship in June 2021 at Hyundai Mipo.