Mere days ago, a Shell-chartered Russian crude oil tanker set sail from Corpus Christi, Texas, marking the first ever ship-to-ship LNG fueling of a large-capacity Aframax in the U.S. The 11-hour bunkering process took place at Port Canaveral, Fla.., via a second chartered Shell vessel. Now, 750,000 Bbls of WTI crude are bound for Europe. Reese Energy Consulting today is following the latest news from Shell, whose fill up of an Aframax in the Gulf Coast demonstrates LNG can now be supplied ship-to-ship in the U.S., along transatlantic trade routes between Europe and the Gulf, and the Gulf and Canada. Until now, LNG fueling infrastructure of large capacity ships was limited to Northern Europe and Singapore. As REC has earlier reported, marine operators are in hyper-mode to convert fleets to LNG to comply with last year’s IMO 2020, which mandates an aggressive reduction of sulphur oxide emissions generated by heavy fuel oil. This includes everything from commercial ships, tugs, and ferries to government marine vessels.

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