Conrad Delivers First LNG Bunker Barge Built in North America

Conrad Industries has delivered the first LNG bunker barge built in North America.

The vessel, named Clean Jacksonville, was constructed in Orange, Texas at Conrad Orange Shipyard, a subsidiary of Conrad Industries. The vessel underwent successful gas trials in Port Fourchon, LA.

Clean Jacksonville will enter service for TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico in the Port of Jacksonville, Florida, where it will be used to provide LNG bunker fuel to Tote’s two Marlin Class containerships, MV Isla Bella and MV Perla Del Caribe, which are operating between Jacksonville and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Delivered in late 2015 and early 2016 respectively, the vessels have been received fuel via truck-to-ship bunkering.

TOTE Maritime’s LNG supplier is JAX LNG, LLC.

The barge is designed and engineered by Bristol Harbor Group. It is 232 feet in length and features a single 2,200m3 liquified natural gas (LNG) tank equipped with MARK III Flex cargo containment technology, from the French engineering and technology company GTT (Gaztransport & Technigaz).

“The successful completion and delivery of the Clean Jacksonville is both a proud and humbling moment for Conrad. I am proud of our team’s tenacious dedication to the completion of this project and unwavering adherence to our commitments. At the same time, we are humbled and grateful to be a part of an unparalleled international partnership comprised of the owner, our engineering groups, vendors and manufacturers who made this vessel a reality,” stated Brett Wolbrink, Vice President of Conrad LNG, LLC.

Among its many firsts, Clean Jacksonville features the first GTT membrane system installed on a non self-propelled barge in the United States. It is also the first time an LNG bunker mast of this type has been built.

“TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico is excited to utilize the Clean Jacksonville for our LNG bunkering. Our partners, including Conrad Shipyard and GTT, have been critical in our development of North America’s first LNG bunker barge. The use of LNG as a maritime fuel results in tremendous environmental benefits – including air and water quality improvements – and this barge is the final critical component of our LNG program in Jacksonville” noted Tim Nolan, President and CEO of TOTE.

Conrad concluded, “While it has been a challenge and true learning experience, the Clean Jacksonville is a triumph for the U.S. Maritime industry. I am proud of Conrad’s commitment, investment and foresight in shepherding the advancement of LNG as a marine fuel. We welcome the opportunity to work with customers as they explore and pursue the use of LNG in their vessels.”