JACKSONVILLE, FL: April 07, 2017. BBC Chartering has delivered two 260-ton cryogenic liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage tanks for Crowley Maritime's new shore-side fueling facility at the Port of Jacksonville.
The 260-ton tanks, which are 170 feet long, were manufactured by Chart Ferox in the Czech Republic and moved via river barge to Hamburg, Germany prior to loading on BBC's heavylift vessel for the 4,000 nautical miles sailing to Jacksonville.
The unloading included a 26-axle trailer to move the tanks to their permanent location at the port's Talleyrand Marine Terminal.
Owned by Eagle LNG, the tanks will provide LNG fuel to Crowley's two new Commitment Class ships, among the world's first combination Container-Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) vessels powered by LNG.
"The highly anticipated arrival of these remarkable LNG storage tanks is an important milestone in our project. It further demonstrates we are firmly in the era of LNG fueling," said Eagle LNG president Sean Lalani.
Designed specifically for service between Jacksonville and Puerto Rico, Crowley's El Coquí and Taíno will use LNG as their primary fuel, providing significant reductions in emissions. El Coquí, launched on March 20, will begin service in the second half of this year followed by her sister ship in 2018.
Crowley's Commitment Class project is a US$550 million investment that includes the LNG-powered ships as well as a new 900-foot pier, three new specialized cranes, and new gate and terminal operating systems at the company's Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The Port of Jacksonville is a pioneer in the supply of LNG as a preferred fuel source for the maritime industry. The Talleyrand LNG fuel depot is expected to be operational in late summer 2017 prior to arrival of the first Crowley ship.
Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings is the holding company of the 125-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, a privately held family and employee-owned company that provides project solutions, energy and logistics services in domestic and international markets.