Crowley announced the first loads of LNG fuel have been safely and successfully transferred into the first ship, El Coquí, of two new Commitment Class, combination container/roll-on roll-off “ConRo” ships for the US mainland to Puerto Rico trade.
Making the fill-up possible were Crowley partners Eagle LNG and Clean Energy, who together loaded around 410,000 gallons of LNG on 41 trailers earlier this month. The duo trucked the trailers from their respective LNG plants to VT Halter Marine, the Pascagoula, Missippi, shipyard where the vessel is being constructed, so that Crowley could began transferring the LNG into the ship’s fuel tanks. Each trailer load took around an hour to empty into El Coquí, and the entire transfer took several days to complete. Now that the fuel has been delivered, the ship’s cryogenic, vacuum-insulated system will keep the LNG in a frigid state, around -260 degrees F, until it is ready for use.
Going forward, Eagle LNG Partners’ new liquefaction facility, located near Jacksonville, will exclusively support the ships’ fuel needs. To meet these demands, Eagle LNG and Crowley’s LNG engineering team together constructed a dockside LNG fuel depot at the company’s leased property at the JAXPORT Talleyrand Marine Terminal that will provide faster, more efficient fueling. This location was also engineered to feature a compact footprint specifically for ship bunkering operations.