MARCH 9, 2017 — Crowley Maritime Corp. and Eagle LNG Partners recently began construction of a new shore-side, liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility on Crowley-leased property at JAXPORT's Talleyrand Marine Terminal in Jacksonville, FL. The LNG bunker fueling facility will serve Crowley's new Commitment Class, LNG-powered, combination container/Roll-on Roll-off (ConRo) ships, which are under construction by shipbuilder VT Halter Marine for use in the U.S. Mainland-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. Including the Jacksonville project, Crowley is investing more than $550 million in the two new, innovative ships, along with a new 900-foot pier, three new gantry cranes and a multitude of 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," says Crowley's Matt Jackson, Vice President, 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."
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