Crowley Puerto Rico Services, Inc., a business line of Florida-based Crowley Maritime Corporation, has selected Eagle LNG Partners (Eagle LNG) as fuel supplier for its Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-powered, combination container Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships. The Commitment Class ships will be delivered in 2017 for use in the U.S. mainland to Puerto Rico trade.
To support Crowley’s LNG needs, Eagle LNG will build a natural gas liquefaction plant (LNG plant) offering a capacity of 200,000 gallons per day (87,000 gallons per day initially) in Jacksonville. The facility is slated to be operational by early 2017.
The decision to partner with Eagle LNG was made by Crowley in part because of the companies’ shared commitment to the environment. “Crowley is proud to take a leadership position in the industry’s shift to cleaner-burning, natural gas fuel solutions,” said Crowley’s John Hourihan, senior vice president and general manager, Puerto Rico Services. “The partnership with Eagle LNG is an important first step in developing sustainable supply infrastructure to ensure these highly technical, environmentally friendly vessels operate to their full capability.”
“The marine sector represents a significant opportunity for LNG fueling in the U.S., and Eagle LNG is well-positioned to build the necessary infrastructure and provide the specialized logistics to facilitate this energy transformation,” said Dick Brown, CEO, Eagle LNG. “It takes companies like Crowley to lead that wave of change. Eagle LNG is proud to work with such a pioneering organization.”
The supply agreement between Eagle LNG and Crowley will provide LNG fuel for the El Conqui and Taino, which are expected to be in service in the second quarter and fourth quarter of 2017 respectively. The Jones Act ships will replace Crowley’s towed triple-deck barge fleet, which has served the trade since the early 1970s. These new ships, will offer customers fast ocean transit times, while accommodating the company’s diverse equipment selection and cargo handling flexibility.
(Source: Eagle LNG)