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Designed specifically for service between Jack-sonville and Puerto Rico, the container/roll-on roll-off (ConRo) cargo vessels El Coqui and Taino , will use LNG as their primary fuel. The El Coqui was launched in March and is expected to be in service in the second half of 2017. The Taino is slated to start service in 2018. “The new bunkering facility, which we are developing with our partners Eagle LNG and JaxPort, demonstrates Crow-ley’s commitment to service innovation, particularly as it relates to utilizing a cleaner, more eco-friendly fuel for our new ConRo ships,” says Tucker Gilliam, Crowley’s vice president of special proj-ects. “The net result of this and other major investments in our Puerto Rico service will be a faster, more efficient and environmentally friendly supply chain solution for our customers.” The 260-ton tanks, each of which is 170 feet in length, were manu-factured by Chart Ferox in the Czech Republic. The tanks were transported via river barge to Hamburg, Germany, where they were placed on a specialized heavy-lift ship that sailed more than 4,000 nautical miles to Jacksonville in late March. “The anticipated arrival of these remarkable LNG storage tanks is an important milestone in our project,” says Sean Lalani, president of Eagle LNG. “It further demonstrates we are firmly in the era of LNG fueling.” With an outer diameter of 19 feet, each tank features and inner shell to hold the liquified gas and an outer shell that is insulated and kept under vacuum, to keep the LNG cold. Each can hold approximately 265,000 gallons of fuel; a sufficient supply to fuel two LNG-powered vessel in approximately eight hours. Jax-based Crowley Holdings Inc. is a privately held family-and employee-owned logistics and energy services firm with domestic and international markets in the Caribbean and South America. Its Talleyrand LNG fuel depot is expected to be operational in late summer 2017 and represents only a portion of its $550 million investment that includes new ships, a 900-foot pier, three specialized cranes and port systems at the company’s Isla Grande Terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico. S P R I N G 2 01 7 — 2 3

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