JAX LNG has completed its first ship-to-ship (STS) liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering of NYK Line’s Sakura Leader for the ship’s inaugural call to Jacksonville.
Sakura Leader offloaded cargo at the Jacksonville Port Authority’s (JAXPORT) Talleyrand Marine Terminal where JAX LNG completed its bunkering.
JAX LNG is a small-scale LNG facility specialising in both on-road and marine-loading LNG solutions near the St. Johns River.
Crews loaded approximately 800 metric tons of LNG from North America’s largest LNG bunker barge, the Clean Canaveral, owned by Polaris New Energy.
The occasion marks the first time NYK Line deployed Sakura Leader to the US East Coast from Japan and was the first time the vessel received LNG bunkering in the United States.
JAX LNG is the only supplier in North America with access to two Jones Act LNG bunker barges, the Clean Canaveral and the Clean Jacksonville.
In preparation for this bunkering, JAX LNG worked with Polaris New Energy to charter the Clean Canaveral, as well as with TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico for the possible use of the Clean Jacksonville.
“We are honoured to have earned the trust and confidence to fuel Sakura Leader and to demonstrate our unique ability to serve NYK Line,” said Roger Williams, Manager of JAX LNG and VP of Commercial LNG and Gas Development at BHE GT&S, the parent company of Pivotal LNG, which shares ownership of JAX LNG with Northstar Midstream.