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Ibaizabal and Murueta test at sea the first dual tug that will operate in the Port of Bilbao

El "Ibaizabal Quince", tiene 28 metros de eslora,12 metros de manga, un registro bruto de 397 GT

The company Remolcadores Ibaizabal and Astilleros de Murueta advance in the tests of the new tug of dual propulsion by gas LNG and diesel, that will enter in service in the Port of Bilbao soon inside the fleet of the harbour service of towing. In addition to the shipowner and the shipyard, the Basque Government participates in the initiative, through the Basque Energy Agency. It is also included in the CORE LNGas hive project of the European Union, involving the Port Authority of Bilbao, Enagas, Puertos del Estado, Ibaizabal, Murueta and the Basque Energy Agency. The tugboat, named "Ibaizabal Quince", is 28 meters long, 12 meters wide, a gross record of 397 GT, a draught capacity of 55 tons and reaches a speed of 12 knots.

The environmental factor is one of the axes of work of the Port Authority of Bilbao, which are promoting different initiatives of the 2030 Agenda of the port system. One of them is precisely focused on boosting the supply of LNG to ships. In addition to the entry into service of this new tug, Repsol has recently announced that it wants to build its first gas station in the Port of Bilbao. As a result of the agreement with Brittany Ferries, it will be attached to the terminal where its ferries dock, and will supply the LNG-powered ships that this shipping company is building, and other ships when the berth is not occupied.

(Source: Industrias Pesqueras)

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