March 1, 2020 LNG bunkering operation for the Carnival Mardi Gras, provided by the Q-LNG-4000,
an LNG fuel supplier from Shell Trading Company and Q-LNG Transport


What is Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)?

Port Canaveral is at the center point for the use of LNG as an aerospace and marine fuel. The space industry has plans to power launch vehicles with LNG for space missions due to its high energy content and cryogenic properties. With the increase in launches from the space inductry, fuel sources are needed nearby to support efficient refueling at launch sites. And, in the maritime industry, 80 new cruise ships are on order, of which 26 will operate on LNG fuel. As the world's second busiest cruise port, Port Canaveral has led the way in meeting the LNG fueling needs of our cruise partners, in addition to the space industry. On March 1, 2021, Port Canaveral became the first LNG cruise Port in the U.S. with the bunkering of Carnival Cruise Line's Mardi Gras, the first LNG-powered cruise ship in North America. CLICK HERE to read the press release.
For over five years, the Port worked with the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, American Bureau of Shipping, Seaport Canaveral (fuel terminal operator at Port Canaveral), our cruise partners, and Space Florida to develop, regulatory and technical frameworks to ensure safe handling and storing of LNG at Port Canaveral.

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Throughout the process, our objective has been to ensure all processes, procedures and practices are compliant with local and state fire safety regulations and codes.  The Canaveral Port Authority has worked closely with Canaveral Fire and Rescue to ensure LNG fueling readiness at the Port. In fact, the Port has invested in advanced firefighter training for CFR personnel. 
 On February 15, 2022 the Q-LNG 4K LNG bunkered Aframax tanker the Pacific Ruby at  Port Canaveral's Cruise Terminal 3

What is LNG?

• ​ ​ LNG is natural gas -- the same product used for heating, cooling, cooking and hot water in homes, schools, hospitals and businesses. 
• ​ ​ LNG is the cleanest burning hydrocarbon that meets global regulations, effective January 2020, to reduce environmentally harmful emissions from ships in ports.
• ​ ​ LNG greatly reduces harmful pollutants; is the most environmentally-friendly fuel available, and provides an immediate environmental benefit. Marine engines powered by LNG virtually eliminate harmful emissions of sulfur oxides (SOx) and reduce nitrogen oxides (NOx) up to 85%.
• ​ ​ LNG sourced in the U.S. eliminates dependence on alternative imported fuels.

Why LNG at Port Canaveral?

• ​ ​ A future without polluting emissions in our Port aligns with our goal of investing in green technology and environmental sustainability programs.
• ​ ​ LNG is the fuel of the future for the growing commercial space and cruise industries. With new global emissions standards for ships taking effect in January 2020, our Port must invest in developing our capabilities, partnerships and infrastructure to support its use.

How does LNG work at the Port?

• ​ ​ Port Canaveral employs widely-used and proven best practices to support the safe fueling of clean energies like LNG. Ships powered by LNG will be refueled using a ship-to-ship “bunkering” process that’s regulated by the U.S. Coast Guard.  This is a widely accepted fuel transfer process that’s in use today for supplying petroleum products to vessels.
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