In response to high customer demand, Crowley Maritime Corp. has acquired 16 additional ISO tanks for its Carib Energy group that will be used to supply, transport, and distribute US-sourced liquefied natural gas (LNG) to customers in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean and Central America.
The 40-foot tanks, which each hold 10,700 gallons of LNG, now feature technological improvements that increase the offload rate, allowing for faster fuel transfers to customers.
“Adding ISO tanks to our equipment fleet for our established business not only allows us to meet heightened customer demand, but also to continue delivering an uninterrupted supply of LNG to these regions,” explained Crowley Vice President Greg Buffington. “And the improved offloading performance reduces the amount of time required to transfer the fuel from tank to the storage unit, adding to overall efficiency. It is our pleasure to play a pivotal role in supplying a cost-effective, safe, reliable and environmentally friendly natural gas fuel to customers.”
From the sourcing and transportation to the delivery into the equipment, the entire LNG supply chain is seamless for Crowley customers. The transportation from US-based liquefaction facilities to customers’ storage units is managed by Crowley’s domestic logistics team, which coordinates over-the-road transportation to the company’s Jacksonville or Port Everglades, Florida, shipping terminals. Once at the terminal, the containers are loaded onto company-owned vessels and transported to customers’ locales. At the port of entry Crowley’s onsite logistics team delivers the LNG to customers’ facilities where it is regasified into pipeline natural gas for boiler consumption.
In 2014, Crowley’s Carib Energy was granted a 20-year, small-scale US Department of Energy (DOE) export license for the supply, transportation and distribution of LNG into Non-Free Trade Agreement (NTFA) countries in the Caribbean, Central and South America. The licensing permits Crowley to export 14.6 billion cubic feet (BCF) 0.04bcf/d of LNG – roughly the equivalent of 480,000 gallons – per day via 10,700 gallon ISO tanks to these regions.