JAX LNG, TOTE in milestone LNG bunkering

JAX LNG and TOTE Services have completed their first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering of a foreign-flagged vessel at the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT).

Crews loaded 1,800 cbm of LNG from North America’s first LNG bunker barge, the Clean Jacksonville, to the LNG-powered vehicle carrier Siem Confucius at JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal.

The 7,500-car-capacity Siem Confucius and its sister ship Siem Aristotle regularly call on JAXPORT to unload factory-new Volkswagen Group of America cars and SUVs.

As previously reported, the Clean Jacksonville, which was constructed at Conrad Orange Shipyard in Texas, was delivered in August 2018. In May 2019, JAX LNG, the first small-scale facility in the United States with both marine and truck-loading capabilities, began operations. Clean Jacksonville operator TOTE Services has since carried out more than 150 bunkering events for TOTE’s LNG-powered Marlin class containerships, Isla Bella and Perla del Caribe.

Commenting, TOTE Services President Jeff Dixon said the first ship-to-ship bunkering of a foreign-flagged vessel was ‘a significant step toward supporting clean fuelled vessels operating around the world’.

Dixon said: ‘TOTE Services’ significant experience with LNG – combined with our technical expertise and commitment to safety – allows us to assist other customers adopting use of the cleanest, most readily available fuel for shipping today and into the future.’

JAXPORT CEO Eric Green called Jacksonville a ‘global leader in the use of LNG’ while Roger Williams of BHE GT&S, a Berkshire Hathaway Energy Company and joint partner and operator of JAX LNG, said the company was ‘delighted to have earned the trust and confidence of Siem Car Carriers to offer our LNG bunker service’.

‘By using the Clean Jacksonville, JAX LNG is leveraging the investment and expertise of our extraordinary partner- TOTE Services,’ said Williams.

Rhys Berry

Rhys Berry