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Tuesday, September 8, 2020 

Swedish tanker Fure Ven, a dual-fuel vessel owned and operated by Furetank of Dons, has become the first non-US flagged vessel to bunker LNG in a US port, while Eagle LNG Partners, a pioneer in small-scale LNG and an LNG bunker supplier, became the first company to deliver LNG bunker fuel to a foreign-flagged vessel.

This paves the way for more international vessels to bunker at Jacksonville Port Authority (Jaxport) and helps build confidence LNG as a path to meeting increasingly stringent environmental regulations, while still generating cost savings.

The 18,000 dwt vessel transited the St Johns River, calling at Jaxport’s Talleyrand Marine Terminal which serves Crowley Maritime Corporation. Eagle LNG Partners safely transferred 225t of LNG to the vessel in under 7hr. GAC Group brokered the LNG fuel and provided ship agency services to the vessel during her voyage across the Atlantic. It was the first time that GAC’s Bunker Fuels division had secured a deal to supply LNG as a marine fuel.

Fure Ven is one of Furetank’s V-Series, a new generation of product & chemical tankers introduced in 2018, which leverage innovative design features and LNG to deliver a fuel reduction of approximately 40%. These climate-smart vessels have achieved substantial reductions in emissions - 55% less CO2, 86% less NOx, 99% less SOx, and 99% less particulate matter (PM) - compared to vessels of the same size, of earlier designs. If liquefied biogas is bunkered, then CO2 emissions can be eliminated completely.

Lars Höglund, CEO of Furetank, said: “As early as 2014, Furetank decided to convert one of our vessels to LNG propulsion. Backed by the encouraging effects thereof, we developed the V-series, a vessel design with drastically lowered emissions and fuel consumption. These vessels have already cut CO2 emissions beyond the IMO target of a 50% reduction by 2050. We note with pleasure that LNG bunkering is becoming available in more and more places, not least the US, and we are confident that investing in the V-series particularly contributes to a cleaner environment worldwide.”

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