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JAXPORT records bunkering first for liquefied natural gas

Swedish tanker inaugural foreign-flagged vessel to bunker LNG at US port

The Swedish Fure Ven receives 225 metric tonnes of liquefied natural gas in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo: JAXPORT)

The Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT) hosted the first foreign-flagged vessel to bunker liquefied natural gas (LNG) at a U.S. port. 

Fure Ven, a dual-fueled vessel owned and operated by Furetank of Donsö, Sweden, last week became the first non-U.S.-flagged vessel to bunker LNG in the United States. Eagle LNG Partners became the first company to deliver LNG bunker fuel to a foreign-flagged vessel. 

“This milestone paves the way for more international trading vessels to bunker at JAXPORT, marking the latest tangible demonstration of LNG as a safe and reliable fuel solution,” the Jacksonville, Florida, port authority said in a statement. “It also builds confidence in the case for LNG to help the shipping industry meet increasingly stringent environmental regulations while still generating substantial cost savings.”

JAXPORT said the 18,000-deadweight-ton Fure Ven, carrying renewable diesel cargo for Swedish petroleum and biofuels company Preem, transited the St. Johns River on Sept. 1 and called at the Talleyrand Marine Terminal, which serves Crowley Maritime Corp. Eagle LNG Partners transferred 225 metric tonnes of LNG to the Fure Ven from its on-site storage facility in less than seven hours.

LNG is a natural gas that has been cooled to a liquid at minus 260 degrees Fahrenheit. In liquid form, the volume is reduced to about 600 times that of its gaseous state, making it possible to transport and use as a transportation fuel.

The Fure Ven is part of Furetank’s V-Series, a new generation of product and chemical tankers introduced in 2018 that leverages innovative design features and LNG to deliver fuel reduction of about 40%. Furetank said the climate-smart vessels also have achieved substantial reductions in emissions — 55% less carbon dioxide, 86% less nitrogen dioxide, 99% less sulfur oxide and 99% less particulate matter — compared to vessels of the same size of earlier designs.

“These vessels have already reduced CO2 emissions beyond the [International Maritime Organization] target of a 50% reduction by 2050,” Furetank CEO Lars Höglund said.

The U.S. Coast Guard oversaw the bunkering operation, which was brokered by the GAC Group, a global provider of integrated shipping, logistics and marine services. This was the first time in its history that GAC’s bunker fuels division secured a deal to supply LNG as a marine fuel.  

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Senior Editor Kim Link-Wills has written about everything from agriculture as a reporter for Illinois Agri-News to zoology as editor of the Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine. Her work has garnered awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Magazine Association of the Southeast. Prior to serving as managing editor of American Shipper, Kim spent more than four years with XPO Logistics.