JANUARY 12, 2016 – TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico successfully loaded LNG bunkers aboard the world's first LNG powered containership, MV Isla Bella, in Jacksonville, FL, on January 9.
Approximately 100,000 gallons of LNG, transported by 12 TOTE-owned LNG ISO containers were loaded on schedule. The bunkering was conducted under strict U.S. Coast Guard oversight while Isla Bella was also carrying out cargo operations.
The LNG was transferred from the ISO tank containers using a transfer skid specially developed by TOTE's partner Applied Cryogenics Technologies (ACT) of Houston, TX. The transfer skid is designed to allow four ISO tanks to be transferred to Isla Bella at once, dramatically reducing transfer time.
The LNG was sourced by TOTE's partner, JAX LNG, LLC, from AGL Resources' LNG production facility in Macon, Georgia. Genox Transportation, a specialized LNG trucking partner of TOTE, transported the fuel to Jacksonville. Pivotal LNG, a subsidiary of AGL Resources, also provided transfer expertise to TOTE Maritime, ensuring that the operation was conducted safely and in accordance with best industry practices.
Oversight of the operation both at shipside and on shore was provided by TOTE Services, Inc. (TSI), TOTE Maritime's sister company that manages the vessels.
"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," said Tim Nolan, President of TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico. "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."