Jacksonville Barge Bunkering Closer as LNG Plant Approved
And Tote Orders Four LNG-Ready Ships for New Hawaii Service
Tote Maritime has extended its congratulations to Jax LNG, noting that the joint venture between Pivotal LNG and NorthStar Midstream has received an LoA/letter of acceptance from the U.S. Coast Guard to operate a new waterfront liquefied natural gas plant and terminal at Dames Point in Jacksonville, Fla.
The Jax LNG facility will provide fuel to a new bunker barge – the 580,000-gallon Clean Jacksonville – that’s to take over fueling of Tote’s two LNG-fueled containerships connecting Jacksonville and San Juan, Puerto Rico, early next year.
Separately, Tote announced that it’s expanding its operations with a new service to Hawaii, and is working with Pennsylvania’s Philly Shipyard to build four new environmentally advanced containerships, “custom built for the trade.”
Partnerships Are Key to Safety
They new ships, which are to enter service in early 2020 and 2021, will be LNG-ready, the company says.
Tote’s existing LNG-fueled Marlin-class containerships, Isla Bella and Perla Del Caribe, have safely received more than 18,000,000 gallons of fuel via a truck-to-ship bunkering process since entering service in 2015 and 2016.
Tote says that the LNG fueling procedures currently in use at the Port of Jacksonville we developed in league with the Coast Guard, (specifically Sector Jacksonville and the Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise), the Jacksonville Fire Department, the Port of Jacksonville, ABS/American Bureau of Shipping, and vendors and trade associations.
‘Collaboration Has Been Central’
“This collaboration has been central to the success of the truck-to-ship bunkering operations and will play a critical role in the next phase,” Tote says.
The Marlin-class vessels are the first containerships in the world to be powered by LNG, Tote Maritime Puerto Rico president Tim Nolan says in the announcement. Their successful deployment “required groundbreaking LNG bunkering operations that have helped set national as well as global standards.
“Our ability to safely and efficiently introduce these ships into the Puerto Rico trade so that the people of both Florida and Puerto Rico could realize the environmental benefits of this superior maritime fuel was directly tied to the support and partnerships developed along the way,” Nolan said.
Fuel currently trucked from Macon, Ga. will be replaced with product from the Dames Point plant, which is to have capacity for 120,000 gallons of LNG per day, about 450 cubic meters. Initial storage capacity is 2 million LNG gallons.
HHP Summit 2017 in Jacksonville in November
“Thanks to the commitment of our partner, Jax LNG, we have developed strong standards for landside LNG bunkering that will continue to be the hallmark of our barge-to-ship bunkering operations,” Tote executive VP Pete Keller said in the release.
Separately, the 28-member marine LNG advocacy group SEA\LNG noted this month that by the end of 2017, there will be six LNG bunker vessels in operation – “expanded from one at the start of the year.”
SEA\LNG at the Summit
Tote executive VP Pete Keller is SEA\LNG chairman. He’s slated to speak at the Natural Gas | High Horsepower (HHP) Summit, which takes place November 6-9 at the Prime Osborne Convention Center in Jacksonville.
A SEA\LNG members meeting takes place there on the afternoon of Friday, November 10.
The HHP Summit series is organized and hosted by Fleets & Fuels publisher GNA – Santa Monica, Calif.-based Gladstein, Neandross & Associates.
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Source: Tote Maritime with Fleets & Fuels follow-up