LNG America and Buffalo Marine Service Team Up on LNG Bunkering

Tuesday October 21, 2014

LNG America will team up with Buffalo Marine Service, Inc. to design a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker fuel network for the U.S. Gulf Coast region, the companies have announced

LNG America said that it would work to establish "robust" infrastructure to ensure LNG delivery in U.S. ports, having developed a hub-and-spoke system. 

Barging company Buffalo Marine, which operates over 50 ships in the Gulf of Mexico, will help with the operational aspects of the project. 

“Combining the bunkering experience of Buffalo Marine with our LNG experience and our progress towards building the infrastructure necessary to support LNG bunkering will help us to provide the best possible service to the emerging LNG fueled marine customers while using the best safety practices available from both industries,” said Keith Meyer, President and CEO of LNG America.

The companies said that the agreement would mix Buffalo Marine’s bunkering expertise with LNG America’s knowledge of LNG. 

“Bunkering LNG in North America presents a unique opportunity for shippers—a cost effective, readily available, and extraordinarily clean fuel,” said Patrick Studdert, President of Buffalo Marine.

“Our decades of bunkering experience in the region will mix well with LNG America’s LNG expertise in order to insure safe adoption and use of LNG as a marine fuel.”

Earlier this year LNG America announced that it is working with fellow LNG company Liquiline to provide LNG bunkers in the Pacific Northwest and to transport the fuel to Hawaii and Alaska.