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Tuesday, September 28, 2021 

Jax LNG, a small-scale LNG facility located in Jacksonville, US, recently completed the first fuelling of a marine vessel in the US with a blend of liquefied natural gas (LNG) and renewable liquefied natural gas (RLNG).

Jax LNG loaded the RLNG/LNG blend into the Clean Jacksonville bunker barge to fuel the Isla Bella, which was the first LNG-powered container ship, put into service by Tote Maritime in 2015. Element Markets supplied the renewable natural gas (RNG) used to produce the RLNG via renewable thermal certificates (RTCs). Using RLNG to fuel marine vessels is a readily available pathway to net-zero emissions by 2050.

Produced from the decomposition of organic waste, RNG is compatible with existing natural gas infrastructure, providing a practical and replicable source of energy that mitigates and repurposes carbon emissions. For this bunkering event, RTCs were matched to the physical LNG loaded into the Clean Jacksonville to create the RLNG/LNG blended product.

JAX LNG is the long-term supplier to Tote's two LNG-fuelled container vessels, Isla Bella and Perla del Caribe, operating between Jacksonville and Puerto Rico.

Mike Noone, President Tote Maritime Puerto Rico, said: "“We’re proud to partner with Jax LNG, which has continued to solidify its position as the industry leader in the clean fuel revolution. 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.”

“We are always looking for ways to meet the energy needs of our customers and help them reduce their environmental footprint. Tote Maritime Puerto Rico has always been at the forefront of the shipping industry in that regard. We are proud that this RLNG bunkering event can serve as an example of what is possible in the realm of renewable natural gas and look to further expand on this success,” said Roger Williams, VP Commercial LNG and Gas Development, BHE GT&S, the parent company of Pivotal LNG, which holds 50% ownership of Jax LNG

“Providing our customers an environmentally beneficial fuel source is Jax LNG’s goal,” said Tim Casey, SVP NorthStar Midstream, which shares 50% ownership of Jax LNG. “Supplying LNG sourced from RNG further supports our commitment to aid the shipping industry’s transition to a net-zero emissions future.”

“RNG offers highly flexible pathways to reducing transportation emissions. We are glad to be part of these forward-thinking initiatives to decarbonise large-scale logistics operations,” said Angela Schwarz, Co-President and CEO Element Markets.

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