March 15, 2017. Crowley Maritime Corp. and Eagle LNG Partners recently began construction of a new shore-side, liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility at Jaxport’s Talleyrand Marine Terminal. The LNG bunker fueling facility will serve Crowley’s new Commitment Class, LNG-powered, combination container/Roll-on Roll-off ships, which are under construction for use in U.S to Puerto Rico trade.
Within the month, Chart Industries is expected to deliver two of its new, 1-million liter Decinske Giant cryogenic tanks for LNG storage at the site. Crowley is investing more than $550 million in two new innovative ships, along with a new 900-foot pier. Also, Crowley has invested in three new gantry cranes and improvements at its Isla Grande terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
“The start of construction marks a milestone as we continue making progress with our partners, supplier Eagle LNG and Chart Industries, manufacturer of cryogenic storage tanks,” said Matt Jackson, vice president of Crowley, LNG. “LNG will provide a cleaner, efficient fuel source for our industry-leading Commitment Class ships, and our new Jaxport bunkering terminal will support efficient operations with state-of-the art technology for bunkering operations.”
Crowley’s LNG and logistics groups are supporting construction of the Jacksonville facility by providing engineering expertise and transportation solutions for the equipment at the site. The facility will serve as the fueling station for the LNG-powered ships.
Weighing 260 tons, each cryogenic storage tank holds enough LNG to cover an average family’s electricity demand for 1,000 years. The tanks are en route to Jacksonville from Europe.
“Because of its multiple benefits, including being cleaner for the environment, we expect LNG demand for ship fuel to increase to 30 million tons a year by 2030. We recognize Crowley’s leadership as an early adopter of this fuel,” said Eagle LNG President, Sean Lalani.
The combination container/Roll-on Roll-off ships will begin service in the second half of 2017 and first half of 2018. The ships, which are some of the world’s first to be powered by LNG, are designed to travel at speeds up to 22 knots and carry containers ranging in size from 20-foot standard to 53- foot-long, 102-inch-wide, high-capacity units, along with hundreds of vehicles in enclosed, weather-tight car decking.
Crowley’s LNG-Powered ConRo Hits the Water
VT Halter Marine launched on Monday Crowley Maritime Corp’s new Commitment Class ship El Coquí, one of the world’s first combination container/Roll on-Roll off (ConRo) ships powered by liquefied natural gas in Pascagoula, Miss.
“We are extremely appreciative of all the work that has been accomplished so far and look forward to the successful delivery of El Coquí later this year and her sister ship, Taíno, in the first half of next year,” said Tom Crowley, company Chairman and CEO.
According to Crowley, the ship launch also marks the beginning of a very momentous week for the company’s Commitment Class project, as the company is expecting the arrival of three, new gantry cranes at its new terminal pier in San Juan later this week, and two, 1-million liter cryogenic tanks at its LNG bunkering facility being built at the Port of Jacksonville, Fla.
El Coquí will now proceed through the final topside construction and testing phase before beginning service in the U.S. Jones Act trade during the second half of 2017.
El Coquí, like its sister ship Taíno, will be able to transport up to 2,400 twenty-foot-equivalent container units (TEUs) and a mix of nearly 400 cars and larger vehicles in the enclosed, ventilated and weather-tight Ro/Ro decks.
“The environmentally friendly ships will replace tugs and triple-deck Roll-on/Roll-off barges currently sailing between Jacksonville and Puerto Rico,” said John Hourihan, senior vice president and general manager, Puerto Rico services.
In addition to the ships, cranes and tanks, Crowley’s USD 550 million investment includes a new 900-foot-long, 114-foot-wide concrete pier at Isla Grande and associated dredging needed to accommodate the two new ships; expanding terminal capacity for handling refrigerated containers; paving 15 acres to accommodate container stacking; adding containers and associated handling equipment to its fleet; installing a new electrical substation to provide power for the new gantry cranes; constructing a new seven-lane exit gate for increased efficiency, along with installing hardware required for a new terminal operating software system.
Source: World Maritime News