Video: Crowley Builds for LNG Bunkering at JAXPORT

Photo: Crowley Maritime

Posted by Michelle Howard

Crowley Maritime Corp. and Eagle LNG Partners have started to
build a new shore-side liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility on
Crowley-leased property at JAXPORT's Talleyrand Marine Terminal
in Jacksonville, Fla. The new LNG bunkering facility will serve
Crowley's Commitment Class LNG-powered combination
container/roll-on roll-off (ConRo) ships presently under
construction for use in the U.S. Mainland-Puerto Rico trade.

"LNG will provide a cleaner, efficient fuel source for our
industry-leading Commitment Class ships, and our new JAXPORT
bunkering terminal will support efficient operations with
state-of-the art technology for bunkering operations," said Matt
Jackson, Crowley vice president, LNG. "The start of construction
marks a milestone as we continue making progress with our
partners, supplier Eagle LNG and Chart Industries, manufacturer
of cryogenic storage tanks."

Jackson highlighted the project and how it fits into Crowley's
overall expansion and modernization plan for its Puerto Rico
service in a
video
from Crowley.

Chart Industries is expected to deliver two of its new, 1-million
liter Decinske Giant cryogenic tanks for LNG storage at the site
within the month. Currently en route to Jacksonville from Europe,
each cryogenic storage tank weighs 260 tons and holds enough LNG
to cover an average family's electricity demand for 1,000 years.

"Because of its multiple benefits, including being cleaner for
the environment, we expect LNG demand for ship fuel to increase
to 30 million tons a year (MTPA) by 2030. We recognize Crowley's
leadership as an early adopter of this fuel," said Eagle LNG
president, Sean Lalani.

Crowley's LNG and logistics groups are supporting construction of
the Jacksonville facility by providing engineering expertise and
transportation solutions for the equipment at the site.

Including the Jacksonville project, Crowley is investing more
than $550 million in the two new, innovative ships, along with a
new 900-foot pier, three new gantry cranes and a multitude of
improvements at its Isla Grande terminal in San Juan, Puerto
Rico.

Scheduled to begin service in the second half of 2017 and first
half of 2018, Crowley's new ConRo ships will be some of the
world's first to be powered by LNG. The ships are designed to
travel at speeds up to 22 knots and carry containers ranging in
size from 20-foot standard to 53-foot-long, 102-inch-wide,
high-capacity units, along with hundreds of vehicles in enclosed,
weather-tight car decking.

Mar 8, 2017

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