System will be the first of its kind in the US for maritime industry
Sea Star Line, LLC and Applied Cryo Technologies (ACT), in cooperation with Dragon Products, have finalized plans for the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering system that will supply Sea Star Line’s new ships. Sea Star Line and its parent company TOTE are building the world’s first LNG-powered containerships that will begin serving the Puerto Rican market later this year.
The LNG bunkering system is a critical part of the LNG supply chain for the Marlin Class ships. The system is comprised of 25 cryogenic IMO tanks that will transport LNG from Georgia to Jacksonville. In addition, ACT will ensure that the new ships can be fueled safely and effectively in under six hours, enabling Sea Star Line to maintain its on-time commitment to the people of Puerto Rico.
With the Marlin Class vessels reducing air emissions by 70 percent, Sea Star’s bunkering system has been designed to have a minimal environmental impact. Designed as a zero vent system, no methane emissions will result from the transfer of LNG to the ships.
Jim Wagstaff, Vice President of Operations at Sea Star Line noted, “With little LNG infrastructure available for the maritime sector, Sea Star Line faced a challenging scenario in finding a solution. ACT is one of the few partners that can meet Sea Star’s expectations in a safe and environmentally friendly manner which are our top priorities. We are excited to partner with them and set the standard for LNG as a maritime fuel.”
“ACT seeks only to provide value to Sea Star Line by being the most client focused, innovative and price competitive cryogenic equipment supplier in the world. Only when we understand the true needs of our customers can we truly serve them. Our goal is to raise the bar of what this industry has come to expect from an equipment supplier” highlighted Jack Smith, Chief Operating Officer of ACT.
ACT will begin construction of this system in April and delivery is expected in September of 2015.