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Eagle LNG Begins Construction of Plant in West Jacksonville, Florida

Eagle LNG announced today it has started the construction process for a natural gas liquefaction plant in West Jacksonville, Florida. The facility is slated to be operational and producing LNG by early 2017. It will eventually have a capacity of 200,000 gallons per day with an 87,000 gallon per day initial capacity according to an Eagle LNG statement.

Beginning in early 2017, the plant will supply LNG to Crowley to be used in their new LNG powered commitment class ships for U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico trade. Eagle LNG noted the facility has production capacity beyond Crowley's needs. That excess capacity will be available for sale to both domestic clients in the Southeast, and island customers looking for containerized LNG supply.

The plant will feature a 1,000,000 gallon storage tank and an LNG truck loading system. The LNG plant is also designed to load LNG ISO containers for supply to nearby island markets.

"This project represents another example of how our customer-first approach, unmatched industry experience, and an innovative vision is helping our clients meet their fueling and environmental needs," said Dick Brown, CEO, Eagle LNG. "LNG produces fewer emissions and is an overall cleaner fuel than sources like diesel and heavy fuel oil, which helps companies improve sustainability efforts and meet regulatory mandates within a sound economic framework."

This is a distinct project from the previously announced Eagle LNG Federal Energy Regulatory Commission export terminal located along the St. Johns River, in Jacksonville, Florida. To support fueling ships, Eagle LNG is building a fuel depot dockside at the Talleyrand Marine Terminal on the St. Johns River.

Eagle LNG is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ferus Natural Gas Fuels LP and privately-held by The Energy & Minerals Group. 

General Dynamics NASSCO Launches and Christens ECO Tanker Built to Serve Jones Act Fleet

In San Diego, CA on Saturday, May 7, General Dynamics NASSCO shipbuilders launched and christened another ECO Class tanker, the Garden State, that will join the Jones Act fleet.

The Garden State is the third of a five-tanker contract between NASSCO and American Petroleum Tankers, which calls for the design and construction of five 50,000 deadweight ton, LNG-conversion-ready product carriers with a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity.

"The launch of the Garden State symbolizes and celebrates the culmination of thousands of hours of hard labor put forth by the men and women of General Dynamics NASSCO," said Fred Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO and Bath Iron Works. "NASSCO is proud to be building yet another quality product tanker for longtime partners American Petroleum Tankers and Kinder Morgan."

The ships were designed by DSEC, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of Busan, South Korea. The tankers will have dual-fuel-capable auxiliary engines and the ability to accommodate future installation of an LNG fuel-gas system.


Image Source: General Dynamics NASSCO



Carnival Corporation's AIDA Cruises Welcomes Dual-Fuel AIDAprima to Fleet

Carnival officially welcomed its fleet's newest ship over the weekend with the christening of AIDAprima, now the flagship vessel for its German-based AIDA Cruises brand. AIDAprima launched as the corporation's most environmentally friendly ship with a dual-fuel engine that can be powered by Liquefied Natural Gas while in port and at sea.

"LNG is the world's cleanest burning fossil fuel, and with AIDAprima, we are the first cruise line in the world to supply a ship with low-emission LNG for operation in port," said Felix Eichhorn, president of AIDA Cruises. "We are once again proving that we are pioneers of innovation, and I am convinced that our path is a clear signal to the ports and LNG producers to invest in the necessary infrastructure."

Additionally Carnival Corporation's four next-generation cruise ships for Costa Cruises and AIDA Cruises set to be delivered in 2019 and 2020 will be powered at sea by Liquefied Natural Gas. These new ships will use LNG to generate 100 percent of the ship's power both in port and on the open sea according to a Carnival statement. 

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Above: Carnival Corporation, the world's largest leisure travel company, officially welcomed its fleet's newest ship into the family over the weekend with the christening of AIDAprima, now the flagship vessel for the company's German-based AIDA Cruises brand. Image: Carnival Corporation

Crowley Christens MT Louisiana Third LNG-Ready Product Tanker

Crowley Maritime Corporation christened the third of four new, Jones Act product tankers on Thursday at the Julia Street Cruise Terminal in New Orleans.

The 50,000 dead-weight-ton, 330,000-barrel-capacity Louisiana joins two Crowley sister ships, Texas and Ohio, to be the first tankers ever to receive the American Bureau of Shipping’s LNG-Ready Level 1 approval.  This gives Crowley the option to convert the tanker to liquefied natural gas for propulsion in the future.

“This is a great day of celebration for Crowley, Marathon, Philly Shipyard and all the people who had a role in bringing this great ship to life,” said Tom Crowley, company chairman and CEO. “We also celebrate the men and women seafarers who will be counted on to operate her safely and reliably for our customer, Marathon. There is nothing more important.”

The new tankers are based on Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design. Similar to its sister ships, Louisiana is 600 feet long and is capable of carrying crude oil or refined petroleum products, as well as other chemical products.

“The christening underscores our continued commitment to building and operating innovative vessels that deliver the best possible service and efficiency for our customers who depend on us for safe and reliable transportation of petroleum products,” said Rob Grune, senior vice president and general manager, petroleum services. “And, as is the case with its sister ships, we designed and built the Louisiana to have the capability to be converted to LNG propulsion in the future, increasing the likelihood of a long service life as new emissions regulations are developed in the years ahead.”


CrowleyMT Louisiana

Above: Left to Right: Don Templin, executive vice president, Marathon Petroleum Corp., Carrie Templin, sponsor (christened with champagne), and spouse of Tom Crowley, chairman and CEO, Crowley Maritime Source: Crowley 

Clean Energy Deals with Hawaii Gas and Additional Contracts

Clean Energy today announced multiple agreements in trucking, transit and refuse markets.

The company said it has secured a contract to provide LNG to Hawaii Gas, the State of Hawaii’s only franchised gas utility.

“Hawaii Gas has been serving the state for over a hundred years and is committed to providing our customers with quality and reliable gas service,” said Thomas Young, Hawaii Gas’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. “With Clean Energy LNG, we will be able to diversify our gas supply using a clean fuel improving our reliability and maintaining the quality of service our customers know us for.”

Clean Energy did not provide any numbers regarding the volume of LNG related to Hawaii Gas contract in today’s statement.  

Clean Energy also announced that it has extended its LNG supply agreement with the City of Phoenix. The two-year contract extension is for an estimated 5 million gasoline gallon equivalents per year and is valued at over $10 million according to Clean Energy. Clean Energy has supplied Phoenix with LNG for over a decade.

According to Clean Energy, Fred Meyer Stores has agreed to work with Clean Energy calling for up to 500,000 gallons of Redeem™ renewable natural gas fuel, for their fleet of 40 LNG trucks based out of their Clackamas, Oregon distribution center.

Clean Energy also noted it began providing fueling solutions at the Pilot Flying J station in West Memphis, Arkansas, furthering its partnership with the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America. The station will support Raven Transportation’s fleet of LNG trucks at an estimated 11,000 GGEs per month.

Crowley Takes Delivery of Louisiana, Third Jones Act Tanker with LNG Capability

Crowley Maritime took delivery today of Louisiana, the third of four new, Jones Act product tankers being built for the company.   Louisiana joins sister ships Ohio and Texas, which were received by Crowley in 2015 as the first-ever tankers to receive the American Bureau of Shipping’s LNG-Ready Level 1 approval. The approval allows Crowley to convert the tanker to liquefied natural gas propulsion in the future.

Louisiana, which is 50,000 dead-weight-tons is scheduled to be christened in New Orleans on May 5. Crowley’s fourth product tanker is under construction and delivery is planned for third quarter 2016 according to a company statement.

“The Louisiana’s delivery continues to enhance the services we are able to provide to our petroleum customers,” said Crowley’s Rob Grune, senior vice president and general manager, petroleum services. “We celebrate new tonnage and the advanced technology, but most important to us and to our customers are the highly trained men and women of Crowley who are committed to transporting their fuel in the safest, most reliable way possible.” 


Image: Crowley Maritime 

Strategic Marine Contract For Two LNG Powered Catamarans

TRIYARDS Holdings Limited through its subsidiary, Strategic Marine announced yesterday that it has secured a new contract with Royal Doeksen for the construction of two LNG powered aluminum catamarans. The new contracts are worth 44 million Euro according to a company statement.

Developed by BMT Nigel Gee from Southampton, the two RoPax ferries will feature new single-fuel LNG propulsion system.  The eco-friendly ferries are designed to carry up to 600 passengers and 64-cars while meeting stringent emissions requirements. Construction is set to begin this summer with delivery scheduled for 2Q 2018.

Strategic Marine’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Mark Schiller, said: “We foresee an increased focus in the environmental aspects of marine transportation and LNG emerging as the fuel of choice for vessels and ferries. Our focus on the large ferry market is beginning to reap the desired results with this recent win, as we continue to focus on the vertical product chain for aluminum vessels.”

Stena signs contract for four new RoPax ferries

Stena announced today the company has signed a contract, subject to Board approval by the end of April, for an order of four new RoPax ferries with planned delivery during 2019 and 2020, with an option for another four vessels. The vessels will be built by AVIC Shipyard in China. The intention is that the four initial vessels will be used within Stena Lines route network in Northern Europe.

According to Stena the vessels will have a capacity of more than 3 000 lane meters in a drive-through configuration and will accommodate about 1 000 passengers and offer a full range of passenger services. The main engines will be “gas ready”, prepared to be fueled by either methanol or LNG.

“We are very pleased that Stena have signed a contract for four vessels with an option for another four. During the course of the past 24 months our engineering staff has managed to develop a design that is not only 50% larger than today’s standard RoPax vessels, but more importantly, incorporates the emission reduction and efficiency initiatives that have been developed throughout the Stena Group during the past years. These ships will be the most fuel efficient ferries in the world and will set a new industry standard when it comes to operational performance, emissions and cost competitiveness, positioning Stena Line to support its customers in the next decades”, says Carl-Johan Hagman, Managing Director of Stena Line.


Above Image Source: Stena 

LNG Engine Set on New Crowley ConRo Ship

Crowley Maritime Corporation has announced the recent setting of the main engine onto El Coquí, the first of two new, Commitment Class ConRo (combination container and Roll/On-Roll/Off) ships that will be powered by liquefied natural gas for use in the ocean cargo trade between Jacksonville and Puerto Rico.

“This state-of-the-art engine technology will add efficiency while continuing to reduce impacts on the environment, one of Crowley’s top priorities,” said John Hourihan, senior vice president and general manager, Puerto Rico services.

The engine was placed using a series of heavy lifts by 500-ton cranes in the shipyard of VT Halter Marine, a subsidiary of VT Systems, Inc., where El Coquí (ko-kee) and sister ship, Taíno (tahy-noh), are under construction.  The engine has a total weight of 759 metric tons and measures 41 feet high, 41 feet in length, and 14.7 feet wide.

“Customers will not only be able to experience the same reliable and dedicated service they have with Crowley today, but also will have the added benefit of lower emissions once these two ships join the Crowley fleet,” said Jose “Pache” Ayala, Crowley vice president, Puerto Rico. “Crowley is making a significant investment in the Puerto Rico trade to provide faster transit times while continuing with the ability to carry and deliver the containers, rolling cargo and refrigerated equipment our customers count on.”

According to Crowley these Commitment Class, Jones Act ships are designed to travel at speeds up to 22 knots while maximizing the carriage of 53-foot, 102-inch-wide containers. Cargo capacity will be approximately 2,400 TEUs (20-foot-equivalent-units), with additional space for nearly 400 vehicles in an enclosed Ro/Ro garage.

Above Video Source: Crowley Maritime Corporation

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