The Port of Corpus Christi and Stabilis Solutions will enter a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) use at the port.
The MoU between the port authority and Stabilis will seek to attract more LNG-powered vessels to the port through the bunkering operations.
The Port of Corpus Christi will provide access to dock space for shore-to-ship fueling operations.
Stabilis will deploy its existing fleet of mobile cryogenic assets, including LNG transportation and distribution equipment from its LNG production plant in South Texas.
Sean Strawbridge, CEO of the Port of Corpus Christi, said, “The Port of Corpus Christi Authority sees LNG fueling of marine vessels as an important step toward our broader commitment to decarbonisation and improved air quality.
“We have a strong commitment to protecting our air attainment status, so by offering LNG as an alternative to diesel as a marine fuel within our gateway, we are evolving our sustainability protocols by reducing mobile source emissions.”
LNG-powered vessels are becoming increasingly prominent amongst global shippers, and some vessels are already compatible with LNG, which provides significant emissions reductions compared to diesel combustion engines.
The port and Stabilis have said they will provide extensive customer education and technical support as well as attracting capital – including grant funding opportunities to incentivise LNG development.
Peter Keller, Chairman of global industry LNG coalition SEA-LNG, added, “We applaud the Port of Corpus Christi and Stabilis for joining together on such an important endeavour to further the maritime sector’s efforts to decarbonise and reduce emissions.”