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ABS to class LNG bunker barge

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The classification service provider, ABS, has announced that it has been chosen to class an LNG bunker barge, which is being built at Conrad Orange Shipyard Inc, for WesPac Midstream LLC and Clean Marine Energy LLC (CME). Conrad Orange is a division of Conrad Shipyard LLC.

The vessel is scheduled for mid-2016 and is 2200 m3. It will be deployed in Tacoma, Washington, US, to Totem Ocean Trailer Express’s Orca Class ro-ro vessels. Following this, the vessel will be sent to Jacksonville, Florida, where it will serve TOTE’s Marlin Class dual-fuel container vessels, as well as other LNG-fuelled ships in the Port of Jacksonville.

The vessel was designed by Bristol Harbor Group Inc, and features a single tank, which is fully equipped with Gaztransport & Technigaz’s (GTT) Mark III Flex cargo containment system. In addition to this, the vessel will feature the REACH4 bunker mast – developed by GTT – to guarantee the efficient and safe transfer of LNG to the vessel.

Christopher Wiernicki, the President and CEO of ABS, said: “ABS continues to be instrumental in supporting the supply chain development for LNG as fuel in North America […] Our work with industry, regulators and local stakeholders seeks to safely nurture innovation and helps to reduce the impact of maritime activity on the environment."

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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