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Florida ports aiming to be greener with the use of alternative fuels

A REPORT released by the Florida Ports Council and the Florida Natural Gas Association shows Florida's seaports and industry partners are investing in innovations to be more efficient and effective, including the implementation of environmentally friendly, less costly, domestically-produced natural gas as an alternative fuel

03 February 2020 - 19:00

A REPORT released by the Florida Ports Council and the Florida Natural Gas Association shows Florida's seaports and industry partners are investing in innovations to be more efficient and effective, including the implementation of environmentally friendly, less costly, domestically-produced natural gas as an alternative fuel.

Dr Julia Nesheiwat, Florida's chief resilience officer under Governor Ron DeSantis, said, 'Florida ports are leading the way in moving to cleaner, alternative energy sources, bringing tremendous environmental benefits to our transportation systems and our communities.'



As more stringent air quality regulations for port operations and maritime vessels are implemented across the world, there is increased demand for alternative fuels in the national and global transportation industry, according to the Alternative Fuels Study.



'The rapid expansion of the natural gas industry and the alternative fuel market provides an exciting opportunity for Florida seaports to expand their use of natural gas, creating economic and environmental benefits for the state,' said Doug Wheeler, Florida Ports Council president and CEO. 'Our ports are in a unique position to capitalise on their economic strength and are on the leading edge nationally of LNG for cargo and cruise vessels. We must ensure that Florida has the infrastructure and business climate to promote the economic and environmental benefits from these alternative fuels.'



In shipping and rail industries, liquefied natural gas (LNG) has proven to be the most cost effective and beneficial alternative fuel source, and in fleet and cargo handling operations, compressed natural gas (CNG) and LNG are both reliable alternatives.



Dale Calhoun, executive director, Florida Natural Gas Association, commented: 'The natural gas industry is a proud partner of Florida's port system. Our ports are implementing the use of alternative fuels, including natural gas, which benefits both our environment and our local economies.'



Florida seaports are on the leading edge of alternative fuel utilisation nationally and have continued the development and deployment of alternative fuels for cargo and cruise vessels, reports AJOT.



JAXPORT has the largest LNG bunkering operation at a US port, which includes JAX LNG and Eagle LNG facilities with the capability to serve not only the domestic fleet but larger international vessels as well. Other ports around the state including PortMiami, Port Tampa Bay and Port Canaveral that are capable of handling ISO containers without modification are also poised to receive LNG delivered by truck or rail, which can then be loaded onto container ships or roll-on/roll-off oceangoing carriers for export.


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