Gibraltar is the largest oil bunkering port in the Mediterranean and the third-largest in Europe, with more than 4 mt of shipping fuels being supplied annually.
As the 2020 deadline set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) looms for a much tighter cap on the sulphur content of shipping fuels, the British Overseas Territory’s government and the Gibraltar Port Authority (GPA) have been working to introduce LNG bunkering alongside an LNG-to-power project set to start up in 2018.
Both initiatives turned out to be politically controversial, especially in the run-up to the last general election. In this exclusive interview, Manuel Tirado, CEO and Captain of the Port at GPA describes how the plans, including the campaign to inform the public about LNG, are progressing.
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