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Vard Marine completes LNG bunker barge concept design

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Vard Marine Inc. has recently completed the concept design of a new 5400 m3 LNG bunker barge for Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding.

The barge is being designed for Polaris New Energy’s bunkering operations that will support LNG-fuelled ships in the east coast of the US. It will be built at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and is expected to be delivered in November 2021.

Vard Marine is currently developing a classification design package for the review and approval by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and the US Coast Guard. The barge is designed with a philosophy of utilising proven technology. It will be fitted with four 1350 m3 IMO Type C tanks, utilising a cargo handling system designed and developed by Wartsila. The barge will use cargo handling equipment for continuous cargo conditioning and to provide multiple levels of redundancy to maintain the LNG cargo’s pressure and temperature.

“LNG as a marine fuel is being adopted in the US and around the world at an exponential rate,” said Darren Truelock, Vice President of Vard Marine’s Houston’s operations, “and Vard Marine is proud to be a part of this evolution. Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding has brought together a ‘dream team’ of expertise to provide Polaris New Energy with a world-class product that will be instrumental in providing access to cleaner, economical energy.”

The barge dimensions will be: 340 ft overall length, 66 ft beam, 32 ft 10 in. depth. This project plays a key role in strengthening the US’ bunkering capability to provide LNG as a marine fuel to domestic and foreign LNG fuelled vessels operating in US ports. It will be the largest capacity LNG Jones Act bunker barge designed and built to date.

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