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JAX LNG fuels first US marine vessel with renewable LNG blend

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JAX LNG, a small-scale LNG facility in Jacksonville, Florida, recently completed the first fuelling of a marine vessel in the US with a blend of LNG and renewable LNG.

JAX LNG is a joint venture between NorthStar Midstream and Pivotal LNG. The company loaded the fuel into the Clean Jacksonville bunker barge to fuel the Isla Bella – the world’s first LNG-powered container ship, put into service by TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico in 2015.

RNG marketing and environmental commodities company Element Markets supplied the RNG used to produce the renewable LNG via renewable thermal certificates (RTCs). Using renewable LNG to fuel marine vessels is a readily available pathway to net-zero emissions by 2050. The fuel’s emissions profile as a maritime fuel is superior to that of LNG, which already reduces greenhouse gas emissions by more than 25% over ultra-low sulphur diesel.

“We’re proud to partner with JAX LNG, which has continued to solidify its position as the industry leader in the clean fuel revolution,” said Mike Noone, president of TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico.

“RNG is a clean drop-in fuel source that can be readily deployed for use today since it needs no new equipment to capture or transport it.”

Produced from the decomposition of organic waste, RNG is compatible with existing natural gas infrastructure. For this bunkering event, RTCs were matched to the physical LNG loaded into the Clean Jacksonville to create the renewable LNG/LNG blended product.