American Maritime Officer: June 2018
LNG-powered El Coquí, first of two in Commitment Class, preparing for service in Puerto Rico trade
At the end of May, work on the first of two combination container and roll-on/roll-off (ConRo) ships in Crowley's Commitment Class was nearing completion at the VT Halter Marine shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., and the ship was preparing for service in the Jones Act trade between the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico.
In April, the ship - El Coquí - received its first load of liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel. Making the fill-up possible were Crowley partners Eagle LNG and Clean Energy, who together loaded around 410,000 gallons of LNG on 41 trailers, which were trucked from their respective LNG plants to VT Halter Marine.
The ship's cryogenic, vacuum-insulated system keeps the LNG in a frigid state, around minus 260 degrees fahrenheit, until it is ready for use.
Going forward, Eagle LNG's new liquefaction facility, located near Jacksonville, Fla., will exclusively support the fuel needs for El Coquí and sister ship Taíno. Both Commitment Class ships are manned in all licensed positions by American Maritime Officers.
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