TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico has successfully loaded LNG bunkers on the world’s first LNG-powered containership MV Isla Bella in Jacksonville.
The company’s 12 LNG ISO containers transferred about 100,000 gallons last Saturday, January 9, 2016, TOTE Maritime announced this week. The bunkering operation was conducted under strict US Coast Guard oversight while Isla Bella was also undergoing cargo operations.
The LNG bunkering operation was the first of its kind at the port of Jacksonville.
The ISO tank containers used a specially-developed transfer skid, developed by TOTE’s partner Applied Cryogenics Technologies, to transport the LNG. The transfer skid allowed four ISO tanks to be transferred to Isla Bella at once.
The LNG was sourced by TOTE’s partner JAX LNG from AGL Resources’ LNG production facility in Macon, Georgia. The fuel was transported Jacksonville port by Genox Transportation, which is a LNG trucking partner of TOTE.
AGL Resources subsidiary Pivotal LNG provided transfer expertise to TOTE Maritime, while TOTE Services supervised the operation both at shipside and on shore.
“We are very pleased with the results of this initial LNG bunker event and know that the use of LNG in our Marlin Class vessels will provide unprecedented environmental benefits both here in Jacksonville and in Puerto Rico,” TOTE Maritime President Tim Nolan said.
“We are indebted to USCG Sector Jacksonville for their diligent oversight and assistance that was invaluable and helped make this event a success. Our partners ACT, Pivotal LNG and Genox were also major components of our success. Our sister company, TSI, has developed significant expertise in LNG as a Maritime fuel and ensures that our vessels operate safely and efficiently using this environmentally superior fuel,” Nolan added.
Writing by Nadeem (c) gCaptain