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Polaris New Energy and JAX LNG complete inaugural STS LNG bunkering of NYK Line “Sakura Leader”

31 Oct 2022

Polaris New Energy (PNE) and JAX LNG on recently completed their inaugural LNG bunkering to NYK Line and their first LNG powered vessel, the Sakura Leader, in the Port of Jacksonville. 

“Utilising supply from JAX LNG, transportation from PNE’s Clean Canaveral, and the trained crew from McAllister LNG Services, we were able to safely deliver approximately 800 metric tonnes or 2,000 cubic metres of marine LNG to the Sakura Leader,” said Mark Britton, manager, marine LNG Transportation- Commercial Development, Polaris New Energy in a social media post on 28 October. 

“We are excited to continue servicing NYK Line’s LNG powered vessels and their efforts towards decarbonisation.”

JAX LNG is a joint venture between NorthStar Midstream and Pivotal LNG (BHE GT&S), with NorthStar Midstream being the parent company of Polaris New Energy.

According to JAX LNG in a media statement, Sakura Leader offloaded cargo at the Jacksonville Port Authority’s Talleyrand Marine Terminal where JAX LNG completed its first ship-to-ship liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering of Sakura Leader.

“Crews loaded approximately 800 metric tonnes of LNG from North America’s largest LNG bunker barge—the Clean Canaveral, owned by Polaris New Energy. This occasion marks the first time NYK LINE deployed Sakura Leader to the U.S. East Coast from Japan and was the first time the vessel received LNG bunkering in the United States,” the firm said. 

JAX LNG added it is the only supplier in North America with access to two Jones Act LNG bunker barges—the Clean Canaveral and the Clean Jacksonville—giving JAX LNG the ability to serve a wide variety of customers.


Photo credit: Polaris New Energy
Published: 31 October, 2022

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