Major milestone for Jaxport: Deepening project receives first-ever federal construction dollars

Although the funding is just a fraction of the estimated $700 million or more the entire project will cost, it does represent a major milestone, as this is the first time Washington, D.C., has stepped forward with money for the deepening itself..

JaxportWe’ve crossed the goal line on this one,” said Eric Green, Jaxport’s interim CEO. “The entire conversation now has changed.”

In total, Florida has $238.3 million committed in the work plan. As well as the deepening money, North Florida projects include $3.2 million for beach nourishment in Nassau County and $3.3 million for nourishment in St. Johns County.

For Jaxport, the funding represents the culmination of a fight that has been going on for years, as the area first struggled to get the work authorized and then fought to get the money to pay for it. The deeper draft is necessary to bring fully laden container ships in at all tide levels, particularly when dealing with the larger ships that are now going through the Panama Canal.

The port embarked on the pre-construction, engineering and design phase of the project in 2014 — which also received federal funds — setting the stage for actual construction.

Plenty of unanswered questions still remain, including what the total price tag will be — the authority has mooted various options for the deepening project — and where the rest of the money will come from.

Green was unable to say exactly when those answers would be nailed down. In April, the City Council — one likely funding partner — asked for hard numbers by the beginning of June but agreed that that was not a hard deadline.

On Wednesday, Green committed to having answers “definitely” before the end of the year, with an eye toward work beginning in late 2017 or early 2018.

“We have this incredible vote of support from the federal government,” Port Authority spokesman Nancy Rubin said. “We still have to fully define the plan for the community.”

When the plan is rolled out, Green said, it will be fully formed, laying out exactly how much of the river will be dredged and where the funding will come from for each of the four phases the work is expected to be split into.

“We’re not going to start the project until we can show we have all the funding,” he said.

Logistics Industry Day

In conjunction with the Jacksonville Urban League, CareerSource Northeast Florida will host a Logistics Industry Day on May 9th. This events will spotlight current opportunities within the Jacksonville area and  provide job preparation training.  Please refer to the link below for more information and to register for the event.

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Crowley begins construction of new LNG bunker facility at Jaxport

       Courtesy of Jacksonville Business Journal reporter Junior Skeeple.

   Crowley Maritime Corp. and Eagle LNG Partners recently began construction of a new shore-side, liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility at Jaxport’s Talleyrand Marine Terminal. The LNG bunker fueling facility will serve Crowley’s new Commitment Class, LNG-powered, combination container/Roll-on Roll-off ships, which are under construction for use in U.S to Puerto Rico trade.

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Within the month, Chart Industries is expected to deliver two of its new, 1-million liter Decinske Giant cryogenic tanks for LNG storage at the site. Crowley is investing more than $550 million in two new innovative ships, along with a new 900-foot pier. Also, Crowley has invested in three new gantry cranes and improvements at its Isla Grande terminal in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

      The start of construction marks a milestone as we continue making progress with our partners, supplier Eagle LNG and Chart Industries, manufacturer of cryogenic storage tanks,” said Matt Jackson, vice president of Crowley, LNG. “LNG will provide a cleaner, efficient fuel source for our industry-leading Commitment Class ships, and our new JAXPORT bunkering terminal will support efficient operations with state-of-the art technology for bunkering operations.”

Crowley’s LNG and logistics groups are supporting construction of the Jacksonville facility by providing engineering expertise and transportation solutions for the equipment at the site. The facility will serve as the fueling station for the LNG-powered ships.

Weighing 260 tons, each cryogenic storage tank holds enough LNG to cover an average family’s electricity demand for 1,000 years. The tanks are en route to Jacksonville from Europe.

“Because of its multiple benefits, including being cleaner for the environment, we expect LNG demand for ship fuel to increase to 30 million tons a year by 2030. We recognize Crowley’s leadership as an early adopter of this fuel,” said Eagle LNG President, Sean Lalani.

The combination container/Roll-on Roll-off ships will begin service in the second half of 2017 and first half of 2018. The ships, which are some of the world’s first to be powered by LNG, are designed to travel at speeds up to 22 knots and carry containers ranging in size from 20-foot standard to 53- foot-long, 102-inch-wide, high-capacity units, along with hundreds of vehicles in enclosed, weather-tight car decking.

Jaxport Board approves purchase of land needed to deepen river

courtesy of Jacksonville Business Journal reporter Junior Skeeple

 

jaxort1The Jaxport Board approved the purchase of conservation land needed for its deepening project.  Jaxport is pushing for local, state and federal funding for the almost $700 million project. The Jaxport Board voted unanimously to approve the purchase of two parcels of land totaling 53 acres. The cost of the land was about $457,000.

The port is purchasing more than 14.8 of the total 53 acres from JEA and the remaining 38.4 acres jointly owned by JEA and Florida Power & Light Co.  The board also approved $1.5 million in funding for preparation and monitoring work in collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which will manage the project to deepen 13 miles of the river. The work includes $608,000 for contract administration, design, procurement and construction, and $936,500 for environmental monitoring.

The port is sharing the costs with the Army Corps, which is overseeing the design and construction of the project.  The port authority included $46.6 million in its current operating budget to begin the dredging work. The money for dredging includes $31.6 million from the state and $15 million in port financing.

The deepening of the river would allow Jaxport to accommodate larger ships with more cargo. Both Savannah and Charleston, two major competitors for Jaxport, have begun dredging projects. Deepening the river in Jacksonville would keep Jaxport competitive with other southeast ports.

Job Opportunity: Bunkering Technician – LNG

Title:  Bunkering Technician- LNG

This position is responsible for staging, loading liquid natural gas (LNG) onto ships, inspecting, troubleshooting, calibrating, maintaining, performing preventative maintenance, and assisting with design, engineering, development and/or upgrade of LNG ship bunkering at the Jacksonville port facility. The LNG Technician must ensure that the facilities under his/her responsibilities are maintained so as to operate in a safe, reliable, and efficient manner.

Functional Expertise:

Maintains equipment and systems including large industrial machinery and equipment, electrical, electronic, pneumatic and control loops associated with ship bunkering operations to ensure the safe, reliable and efficient operation of the facility.Installs, programs, inspects, calibrates, maintains, operates, troubleshoots, repairs and adjusts various electric, electronic, and pneumatic devices, including Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs), security/surveillance systems, and large industrial machinery and equipment.Performs scheduled compliance and/or maintenance checks and/or work orders on all equipment under his/her responsibilities. Must maintain records on computer system to ensure compliance with state, federal, port and Company policies and regulations.Must be able to read and interpret engineering drawings including electrical and control schematics, P&IDs, and piping drawings.Properly, legibly, and accurately documents all equipment inspection and maintenance activities for facilities under his/her responsibilities, and prepares required reports completely and accurately. Ensures that all technical drawings and documentation are kept current and secure, both electronically and hard copy.Responds appropriately to abnormal operating conditions in order to maintain a safe and reliable operating environment.Responds appropriately to Emergency Response situations and performs first responder duties in accordance with the Emergency Response Plan.Maintains LNG bunkering systems and generator equipment (e.g., repairs leaks, checks vacuum, calibrates instruments and performs pressure tests).Performs inventory control functions utilizing the Corporate material management system.Business Acumen:

Prioritizes/plans PM’s to meet the needs of the LNG bunkering facility and equipment.Responsible for understanding and support of corporate and department objectives and goals.Strives to promote continuous improvement of facilities and equipment to ensure safe, efficient, and reliable operation of facilities.Identify and report operational issues that may impact facility reliability or efficiency.Identify and report operational issues that may impact compliance with regulations or company policies and procedures.Orders specialty replacement parts: researches options (price, lead time); prepares quarterly maintenance budget. Performs fabrications and provides technical assistance to contractors during capital projects. Completes small capital projects.Engagement:

Must be a team player, able to work and communicate effectively with peers, direct supervision and management, and effectively participate during internal and/or agency audits.Must be self-motivated and hold self accountable for job duties and responsibilities.Participates in Company sponsored technical training programs, cross-training assignments, job shadowing, and orientation of new hires to improve knowledge and skills of self and others.Collaborate with management and peers, internal groups, consultants and contractors to assist with improving existing operations, special projects, new construction, and expansion of existing facilities.Promotes good relations with all customers (i.e., commercial, ship, port, gas supply, other operating facilities, LNG plants, management, etc.) and cooperates with other personnel and/or departments.Driving

Results:

Works with peers to continually improve system efficiency and reliability.Effectively collaborates with others to plan, schedule, measure and evaluate work activities to ensure that facilities continually operate safely, reliably and efficiently.Strives to continually maintain facilities in an efficient and reliable manner by utilizing knowledge of facilities, peer knowledge/expertise, new technology, best practices, and/or tools available to maximize system efficiency and reliability.Qualifications:

Education, Certifications/Licenses:

Required:

Associates degree in a technical field, or equivalent education and/or related experience Valid state driver’s license

Applicant must be able to pass a DOT physical and background check in order to obtain both a Transportation Workers Identification Card and a JaxPort identification card.

Preferred:

Maintains tanker and hazardous materials CDL endorsments.

Related Work Experience:

Required:

Experience in specialized machinery maintenance; or instrumentation, electronics and control systems; or equivalent.

Preferred:

Related work experience in instrumentation, electronics and control systems. Related work experience in specialized machinery maintenance. Working experience with, but not limited to: cryogenics, low and high pressure water pumps, electronic equipment, high pressure gas, processing equipment, reciprocating and/or turbine engines and compressors, PLCs and SCADA/HMI system. Experience preparing drawings of electrical circuits Working knowledge of National Electric Code Experience reading and interpreting electrical and mechanical blueprints and diagrams, and piping drawings Process controls and understanding of gas and liquid handling and processing fundamentals

Specific Skills & Knowledge:

Required:

Must be able to pass DOT Operator Qualification requirements for specific covered tasks. Ability to prepare written and electronic reports in a clear and concise manner. Proficient understanding and use of the English language. Ability to interact effectively with others Motivated, with good communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills Mathematical proficiency Experience reading and interpreting blueprints and diagrams. Good computer skills (i.e., Word, Excel, MS Outlook, etc.).

Preferred:

Knowledge of pipeline, compression, process, LNG, LP, and/or storage field operations. Basic knowledge of gas handling/processing equipment.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

The incumbent works in a shipping port-plant environment, including high pressure gas, cryogenic liquids, and other hazardous materials. The incumbent is expected to be available for emergency call outs (24/7) and to work weekends, holidays, and extended hours as required, per the needs of the facility. Lift and carry medium to heavy weight items. Reach overhead for items, stoop, bend, and twist while working. Ability to exert up to 100 pounds of force occasionally and/or 50 pounds of force frequently. Other physical activities include working on elevated structures, crouching, and performing repetitive motions. Visual acuity requirements include color, depth perception and field of vision necessary to operate a computer.

Travel requirements may be occasional (5% – 20%).

Disclaimer: This information describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees in this job. The description is not designed to be a comprehensive inventory of duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees in the job. Reasonable accommodation may be made to qualified disabled individuals for performance of essential duties and responsibilities.

Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on their race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other protected classification.

Company Information:

About Pivotal LNG

Pivotal LNG is part of the midstream operations segment of Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). Pivotal LNG provides liquefied natural gas to companies and industries throughout the United States through reliable, flexible and cost-effective solutions . For more information, visit www.pivotallng.com .

Overview:

About Southern Company Gas

Southern Company Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America’s premier energy company. Southern Company Gas serves approximately 4.5 million natural gas utility customers through its regulated distribution companies in seven states and more than 1 million retail customers through its companies that market natural gas and related home services. Other nonutility businesses include asset management for natural gas wholesale customers and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit Southern Company Gas at southerncompanygas.com .

To Apply: http://www.pivotallng.com/

Crowley Launches LNG Powered Ship

Transportation & Logistics Industry News & Updates

(Courtesy Jensen Werley for the Jacksonville Business Journal.) See the original story here.

Climbing up gangway made of aluminum stairs and setting foot on the red, iron deck of the West Virginia, it’s easy to see the excitement of the Crowley Maritime crew.

Engineers and pump men, crew and officers all take turns giving guests tours of the brand new tanker ship, christened last week, which can be fueled by liquid natural gas or by bunker fuel.

“We believe there is a large supply of natural gas in the United States and that it’s the cleanest burning fuel,” said CEO Tom Crowley.

The $140 million and 600-foot ship, built at the Philadelphia Shipyards over 18 months, will service Marathon Petroleum to supply refined petroleum from the Gulf Coast to throughout Florida, specifically Tampa and Port Everglades, with some stops to Jacksonville.

The ship runs on multiple types of fuel, but will be able to be converted to LNG fuel in the future, when the market makes it feasible, said a spokesperson for Crowley.

Meanwhile, Crowley’s LNG station in Jacksonville, built by Eagle LNG, will be completed and ready to operate early next year. The company also has two LNG-powered container ships due to arrive in 2017. Eventually, as LNG becomes more prevalent, the West Virginia will have investments to allow it to carry LNG as well as be powered by it.

“Jacksonville is at the leading edge of utilizing natural gas shipping fuel,” Crowley said. “There are few places in the world where investments are being made like here. Jacksonville is a leader and is building upon it.”

Other projects that Crowley is working on are going smoothly. The fueling facility built by Eagle LNG in Maxville is underway, and is expecting to be operational early next year. The transition to Jacksonville port property is made easier by Crowley’s long term relationship with the Jacksonville Port Authority, and the shipping company will move from its private terminal to one on Jaxport land next year.

“The year 2017 is going to be huge for us,” Crowley said.

Jensen covers logistics, trade, manufacturing and defense

What Jacksonville’s LNG Plans could mean for your Career

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) has been making quite a splash in Jacksonville lately. Clean Energy Fuels Corporation plans to build a terminal to supply LNG to cargo ships in Jacksonville, the first of its type in the nation. The plant will be built on Jacksonville’s north aside on Zoo Parkway and is expected to be completed in 2015. This would be the first LNG facility on the Eastern seaboard to specifically supply LNG for the maritime, trucking and rail industries.

According to the Center for Liquefied Gas, liquefied natural gas is natural gas that is cooled to -260° Fahrenheit until it becomes a liquid. Converting natural gas to LNG reduces its volume by about 600 times – essentially, from the volume of a beach ball to the volume of a Ping-Pong ball – making it feasible to transport it via cargo ships. Once delivered to its destination, it’s warmed up so that it returns to its original gaseous state.
Natural gas is the fastest growing fuel sector in the U.S. today, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Natural gas is used to heat and cool over half of all American homes and power 23 percent of the nation’s electricity. Two local shipping companies are prepared to add LNG to their cargo capabilities over the next two years, and Jacksonville is being touted as the leader in LNG distribution.

According to a 2013 study commissioned by The American Petroleum Institute, LNG exports are expected to generate up to 665,000 new jobs nationally by 2035. The report states that a new LNG plant will ICF estimates that a typical LNG export terminal costs roughly $4.8 billion and generates, on average, approximately 200 (direct) jobs for plant operation and another 350 annual (indirect) jobs for maintenance and supplies. That’s good news for local workers with construction, skilled trades or engineering experience.

Jobs in LNG production and export include engineering specialties, safety, and fuel plant operators and maintenance professionals. Generally, fuel production jobs pay well, with salaries averaging over $60,000 per year. Military veterans are attractive candidates for the industry, especially those with fueling experience. Clean Energy Corporation’s site has detailed job descriptions in the postings for maintenance technicians. The jobs require a high school degree and two to five years of automotive or mechanical repair experience.

Here are the skills and qualifications that appeared in most of the job listings for the natural gas industry: strong commitment to safety and environmental procedures and regulations, an eye for detail, the ability to work long and flexible shifts (up to 12 hours at a time) since the plant is operational 24/7, and demonstrated mechanical aptitude.

If you are looking for a way to convert your mechanical or military experience into a high paying career in clean energy, Jacksonville’s LNG industry may provide a great opportunity in 2015.