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EBDG gains approval for LNG bunkering barge

LNG Industry,

Elliot Bay Design Group (EBDG) has obtained approval in principle (AIP) from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) for the design of a 2000 m3 LNG combination bunkering barge.

ABS Director of Global Gas Solutions, Roy Bleiberg, commented: “At ABS our goal is to help designers, shipyards, and operators bring new and novel concepts to the marketplace in a safe and effective manner.

LNG bunkering challenges

“The EBDG combination bunkering barge takes an innovative approach to meeting the challenges of LNG bunkering, a hurdle that must be crossed for LNG fuelled operations to become truly effective in the United States.”

EBDG Project Manager, Curt Leffers, added: "We are excited to obtain ABS approval in principal on our bunkering barge design. Our 2000 m3 design is the basic platform that can be customized to meet our customer's operational and cargo capacity requirements."

Dual-fuel vessels

The EB-2000 LNG is one of several LNG barge designs developed by EBDG to meet growing demand for efficient and cost-effective refuelling of LNG powered vessels. The 257 ft vessel was designed for either an ATB or towed configuration, and features a marine diesel fuel cargo tank for refuelling duel-fuel vessels.

Additional design features of the EB-2000 LNG include a 10 x 10 tankerman's office, clean decks and wide walkways to maximize crew safety, and forward storage lockers incorporated in the breakwater. There is also an optional stern ballast tank for trim optimization and a trunk level control room that provides exceptional visibility and operational access.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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