US bunkers ship with renewable LNG for first time
Small-scale LNG supplier JAX LNG announced on September 23 it had bunkered a ship in Jacksonville, Florida, with renewable LNG (RLNG), marking the first time the fuel has been used in shipping in the US.
JAX LNG loaded a mix of RLNG and normal LNG into the Clean Jacksonville bunkering barge. The barge was used to refuel the Isla Bella LNG-fuelled containership, put into service by TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico in 2015. The renewable gas was supplied by Element Markets and its clean origin was guaranteed using renewable thermal certificates.
LNG bunkering is far less commonplace in the US than in Europe and Asia, although it is growing in popularity because of its low emissions compared with oil-based fuels. Responding to increasing demand, JAX LNG said in May it intended to triple the capacity of its Jacksonville facility to 360,000 gallons/day by early 2022.
TOTE relies on JAX LNG to refuel two of its containerships: Isla Bella and Perla del Caribe.