The Coast Guard completed oversight of the first foreign vessel to bunker Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as fuel in Jacksonville, Florida, on Tuesday.
The Fure Ven, a Swedish tankship is the first-ever foreign vessel with plans to bunker LNG in Jacksonsville. The Fure Ven moored alongside Talleyrand Marine Terminal to take on LNG as fuel.
LNG is a natural gas that has been cooled to a liquid at -260 degrees Fahrenheit. In its 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.
When vessels use LNG as fuel, they are able to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 25% when compared to conventional marine fuels.
Since the International Maritime Organization is adopting stricter regulations on emissions, LNG offers a clean alternative with 100% reduction of sulfur oxides and 90% reduction of nitric oxides when compared to that of heavy fuel oil.
“There are over 150 existing non-gas carrier foreign vessels that are utilizing low flashpoint fuels as a marine fuel and over 200 more vessels on order. With the increasing eco-friendly demands, Fure Ven marks the inaugural foreign vessel gas bunker operation to occur in the U.S,” said Lt. Yue Shen, Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise.