In what could be a boost to future cruise ship operations out of Galveston, Texas, Galveston Wharves and Stabilis Solutions have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to facilitate the use of LNG as a marine fuel at the port.
Under the terms of the MoU, Galveston and Stabilis will work together to provide turnkey LNG fuelling solutions to vessels calling at the port, including identifying suitable berths for shore-to-ship fuelling operations, obtaining the necessary permits and approvals, identifying and educating potential customers, and executing LNG fuelling events.
Stabilis said it will use its existing fleet of mobile cryogenic assets, including LNG transportation and distribution equipment, and provide LNG from its liquefaction facilities in Texas and Louisiana to support LNG fuelling operations.
“Stabilis is proud to partner with the Galveston Wharves on this LNG marine bunkering opportunity,” said Jim Reddinger, Stabilis President and CEO (pictured). ”The use of LNG as a marine fuel is critical for marine operators to reduce their emissions profile, and Stabilis is building a North American network of LNG bunkering locations to provide this critical service to our marine customers.”
Reddinger explained that Galveston would be the second LNG marine fuelling location that the company will operate on the US Gulf Coast following the signing of a MoU with the Port of Corpus Christi last May.
Rodger Rees, Galveston Port Director and CEO, added: “The Galveston Wharves views LNG fuelling of marine vessels as an important step in our commitment to environmental stewardship. And with the number of LNG-fuelled vessels in the global fleet growing rapidly, having LNG fuelling services in the port is also an important step in our commercial growth. We look forward to working with Stabilis on this project.’