US shipowner and marine solutions company Crowley has signed a collaboration agreement with ExxonMobil and Eagle LNG Partners to establish LNG bunkering operations in North America.
The three companies will initially focus on establishing LNG bunkering operations in Florida before expanding to other North American ports.
Crowley will provide the bunkering logistics, ExxonMobil the technical support and expertise for safe bunkering operations as well as bunker sales, while Eagle LNG Partners will supply the LNG, small-scale production and storage facilities as well as land-based LNG transportation.
“The Memorandum of Understanding is another major step forward in developing LNG as a marine fuel. It will leverage the specialist knowledge and expertise of ExxonMobil, Eagle LNG Partners and Crowley to the benefit of vessel operators bunkering in North America,” said Luca Volta, LNG venture manager at ExxonMobil.
The companies said they share a belief the marine industry is heading for a multi-fuel future that will include low-sulphur options, and LNG an important part of that mix.