The companies have purchased land to construct a new natural gas liquefaction facility in Jacksonville, Florida, in a bid to address the growing demand for LNG in the south-east.
To be operational in mid-2016, the new LNG facility will supply other customers in Jacksonville and regional markets, as it will have the capability to increase its natural gas liquefaction and LNG storage capacity in the future.
Pivotal LNG president Steve Cittadine said: “This announcement marks the beginning of long-term, sustainable relationships that support the growth of LNG as a clean, alternate fuel in and around the Jacksonville area.
“The combination of this new LNG facility in Jacksonville and our existing portfolio of LNG assets positions us well to serve the fueling needs of our current and future customers in the south-east, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and potentially the broader Caribbean market.”
The dual-fuel ships use LNG as propulsion fuel and will be constructed at General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) in San Diego, US.
Claimed to be the first LNG-powered containership in the world, the new Marlin-class will reduce sulphur dioxide emissions by 98&, particulate matter by 99%, and nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide by 71%.
Delivery of the ships is expected to be in 2015 and 2016, and they will be used to transport containers, automobiles and other cargoes in accordance with the Jones Act trade between the Port of Jacksonville and Puerto Rico.