Jacksonville, Fla.-based Crowley Maritime Corp. and Eagle LNG Partners recently began construction of a new shore-side, liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility on Crowley-leased property at JAXPORT’s Talleyrand Marine Terminal in Jacksonville.
As reported, the LNG bunker fueling facility will serve Crowley’s new commitment class, LNG-powered, combination container/roll-on roll-off (ConRo) ships, which are under construction for use in the U.S. Mainland-Puerto Rico trade.
Within the month, Chart Industries is expected to deliver two of its new, 1 million-liter Decinske Giant cryogenic tanks for LNG storage at the site. Including the Jacksonville project, Crowley is investing more than $550 million in the two new 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.
“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,” says Crowley’s Matt Jackson, vice president for LNG. “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.”
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. The company says the facility will serve as the fueling station for the LNG-powered ships.
According to the company, 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 by 2030. We recognize Crowley’s leadership as an early adopter of this fuel,” says Eagle LNG President Sean Lalani.
According to Crowley, the ConRo ships will begin service in the second half of 2017 and first half of 2018. 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.