Truck-to-Ship Bunkering in July for Sea Trials to Commence in August
Customer TOTE and shipbuilder GD Nassco are working with Clean Energy Fuels for Clean Energy to provide some 20 truckloads of liquefied natural gas for the first LNG bunkering of TOTE’s new Isla Bella.
Isla Bella has twin 900-cubic-meter LNG fuel tanks for a total capacity of about 465,000 gallons. They are seen here being installed at the GD Nassco yard in San Diego.
Isla Bella, the first of two Marlin-class sister vessels that will connect Jacksonville, Fla. with San Juan, Puerto Rico, was launched by GD Nassco in San Diego on April 18 (HHP Insight, April 19). The 764-foot, 3,100-TEU Isla Bella, which is to enter commercial service with TOTE’s Sea Star Line late this year, is the world’s first container ship built to be fueled primarily with the clean domestic fuel.
20 Truckloads to Start
The initial LNG bunkering is slated for mid-July, to power sea trials commencing in August, says GD Nassco project manager Parker Larson. Approximately 20 truckloads of Clean Energy LNG is expected to make for a fill of about 45% of the vessel’s two tanks, he says.
Isla Bella has twin 900-cubic-meter LNG fuel tanks for a total capacity of about 465,000 gallons.
TOTE plans to use LNG to the extent possible for the voyage through the Panama Canal to Florida, says senior VP Pete Keller. Bunkering there will be truck-to-ship using a fleet of ISO containers from Applied Cryo Technologies – pending the building of a JaxPort liquefaction facility by WesPac Marine and Pivotal LNG (HHPi, April 17).
LNG Production in the California Desert
The launch of the second Marlin-class vessel for TOTE is expected in August.
Clean Energy Fuels, which was founded by T. Boone Pickens, is one of the foremost advocates – and providers – of LNG as a fuel for trucks in the United States. Among its production facilities is a 180,000-gallon-per day production facility in Boron, Calif.
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Loading up with LNG in Boron, Calif.
Source: HHP Insight interview