FURE VEN, owned and operated by Furetank of Sweden, has become the first non-U.S. flagged vessel to bunker LNG in the United States. Eagle LNG Partners sourced the fuel and is now the first company to supply an LNG-powered foreign flagged vessel. This milestone paves the way for more internationally trading vessels to bunker at Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT), marking the latest tangible demonstration of LNG as a safe and reliable fuel solution. 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.
On September 1, the 18,000 DWT vessel transited the St. Johns River, calling at JAXPORT’s Talleyrand Marine Terminal, which serves Crowley Maritime Corporation. Eagle LNG Partners safely transferred 225 metric tons of LNG to the vessel from their on-site storage facility, with the bunkering process taking less than seven hours to complete.
GAC Group, a global provider of integrated shipping, logistics and marine services, assisted all parties by broking the LNG fuel and providing ship agency services to the vessel during her voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. This is the first time in its history that GAC’s Bunker Fuels division has secured a deal to supply LNG as a marine fuel.
FURE VEN is one of Furetank’s V-Series, a new generation of product & chemical tankers introduced in 2018, which leverage innovative design features and LNG to deliver a fuel reduction of approximately 40%.
“As early as 2014, we decided to convert one of our vessels to LNG propulsion. Backed by the encouraging effects thereof, we developed the V-series, a vessel design with drastically lowered emissions and fuel consumption. These vessels have already reduced CO2 emissions beyond the IMO target of a 50% reduction by 2050,” said Lars Höglund, CEO of Furetank. “We note with pleasure that LNG bunkering is becoming available in more and more places, not least the U.S., and we are confident that investing in the V-series particularly contributes to a cleaner environment worldwide.”
“As a pioneer in LNG bunkering, we are proud to have partnered with the trailblazers at Furetank and GAC, along with numerous crucial stakeholders including JAXPORT, Crowley Maritime and the U.S. Coast Guard, to safely accomplish this first-ever LNG bunkering of a foreign flagged tanker in the United States. It is only fitting that this first bunkering in the United States happen in Jacksonville where JAXPORT, local officials and the community have embraced the shipping industry’s transition to the more sustainable, affordable LNG,” added Sean Lalani, President of Eagle LNG.
Source: Eagle LNG