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Galveston teams with Stabilis Solutions on LNG fueling for ships

Stabilis Solutions Inc. entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Port of Galveston to facilitate the use of LNG as a marine fuel.

Stabilis is a provider of energy transition services including LNG and hydrogen fueling solutions.

Under the MOU, the port and Stabilis will work together to provide turnkey LNG fueling solutions to marine vessels, including identifying suitable dock space for shore-to-ship fueling operations, obtaining the necessary permits and approvals, identifying and educating potential customers and executing LNG fueling events.

Mobile cryogenic assets, liquefaction facilities in Texas and Louisiana

Stabilis will deploy its 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 fueling operations. LNG bunkering services are expected to be available in 2021.

'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,' Stabilis President and CEO Jim Reddinger said.

The Port of Galveston is the second LNG marine fueling location, along with the Port of Corpus Christi, that Stabilis will operate on the Gulf Coast.

Growing demand

The number of LNG-powered vessels in the world fleet is growing rapidly as LNG fuel benefits marine customers in efficiency and emissions reductions compared to conventional marine fuels.

The Seatrade Cruise News orderbook counts more than 20 newbuilds to be powered by LNG. Carnival Cruise Line's Mardi Gras, based year-round at Port Canaveral, recently became the first LNG-powered cruise ship in the Americas.

According to DNV, demand for LNG as a marine fuel is projected to grow from approximately 1m tons per annum (mtpa) in 2020 to nearly 4m mtpa by 2024, a compound annual growth rate of over 30%.

Hope to attract more LNG-fueled ships

With this partnership providing LNG fuel and services, Stabilis and the Galveston Wharves hope to attract more LNG-fueled vessels and to encourage additional conversions to LNG fuel. Stabilis and the Galveston Wharves have committed to providing extensive education and technical support to potential customers.

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