The Clean Canaveral liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker barge has finished its first barge-to-ship bunkering of a cargo vessel at Port Canaveral’s South Cargo Berth 4.
On the M/T Damia Desgagnés’ first call to Port Canaveral, JAX LNG and Polaris New Energy handled the LNG refuelling.
The asphalt/bitumen tanker Damia Desgagnés finished its cargo discharge, and JAX LNG began Desgagnés’ first barge-to-ship LNG bunkering.
The mariners securely moved roughly 400 cubic metres of LNG from the Clean Canaveral, North America’s biggest LNG bunker barge.
John Murray, Port Canaveral CEO, stated: “Our port has been at the forefront of LNG fuelling for cruise vessels for several years.
“This was Damia Desgagnés’s first call at our port and her first waterside bunkering of LNG. LNG is a proven clean energy fuel option and we’re proud to support its use in the maritime industry.”
The barge-to-ship fuelling of a cargo vessel was tightly coordinated between Port Canaveral, JAX LNG, the US Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Canaveral, and Canaveral Fire Rescue to ensure that the LNG bunkering was appropriately planned, organised, and carried out safely and quickly.
The Port Canaveral call marks the first time Petro-Nav deployed the Damia Desgagnés to Port Canaveral and the first occasion the vessel received LNG fueling by a bunker vessel.
Julie Lambert, President, Petro-Nav Inc. (a subsidiary of Desgagnés), said: “Our LNG-fueled fleet has expanded to five Canadian flagged tankers all operating in the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway system, Eastern Canada, and the U.S. as well as the Canadian Arctic.
“We are proud to be leaders in energy efficient, low emission, low carbon marine transportation. We are especially excited to participate with Port Canaveral and JAX LNG in the Damia Desgagnés’s first barge-to-ship marine LNG bunkering.”
JAX LNG has access to two Jones Act LNG bunker barges, the Clean Canaveral and Clean Jacksonville to serve multiple customers in various ports in the southeast United States.
Roger Williams, Manager of JAX LNG and VP of Commercial LNG and Gas Development at BHE GT&S, said: “As we celebrate one year of operation in Port Canaveral, we appreciate the cooperative relationships that have been developed to provide cruise and cargo ships increased access to LNG.
“We look forward to continue to work with all these stakeholders as we further increase LNG deliveries in Port Canaveral and other ports in the southeastern US.”