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Jensen Maritime to design LNG bunker barges

LNG Industry,


Crowley Maritime Corp.'s company, Jensen Maritime, based in Seattle, has won a contract to design LNG bunker barges in the US for LNG America LLC, a Houston-based LNG fuel supply and distribution company.

At present, there are no LNG bunkering barges in operation in American waterways. These vessels will be among the first to be developed and built and the contract marks a significant step in LNG America’s build-out of LNG bunkering infrastructure along the US Gulf Coast and in delivering a new clean fuel to the maritime industry.

The vessels, which are expected to deliver in late 2015, have an initial planned capacity of up to 3000 m3 of LNG. Once in operation, the bunker barges will serve the dual purpose of moving LNG from LNG America’s Louisiana supply source to coastal-based storage and distribution terminals and in directly bunkering large ships.

Serving a growing market

“Through LNG America’s LNG bunkering initiative, we plan to serve and facilitate the growing marine demand for LNG,” said Keith Meyer, CEO of LNG America. “LNG America sees the demand for marine LNG to be robust as long as LNG can be made available to the maritime industry on a reliable, dependable and cost-competitive basis. Our mission is to deliver competitively priced LNG as fuel where needed, when needed and in the quantity needed.”

“The significance of this agreement is not only incredible news for the marine industry, which struggles with whether to develop LNG infrastructure or vessels first, but also for companies along the US Gulf that hope to replace their traditional vessels with cleaner, more efficient LNG-powered ones,” said Jensen’s vice president, Johan Sperling.

“We are thrilled to be working with LNG America in the development of its marine infrastructure and also in providing a green fuel source to this important region. Jensen is on the leading edge when it comes to LNG vessel design and we look forward to serving LNG America and other customers with this valuable service.”

Jensen first produced prototype designs for LNG vessels in 2008. Additionally, the company has developed designs for a 100 in. x 40 in. LNG tugboat and is currently working on several other prototype designs of LNG bunker vessels, harbor tugs, ATBs, container ships and tankers, along with inland vessels for a variety of customers in the US.

LNG America was formed last July to develop LNG distribution infrastructure that serves not only the marine market but the burgeoning use of LNG in the oil and gas, rail, mining and heavy-duty trucking markets as well. These markets have emerged due to the fuel’s price competitiveness resulting from the abundant US natural gas reserves.

Adapted from press release by Ted Monroe

Read the article online at: https://www.lngindustry.com/lng-shipping/24022014/jensen_maritime_to_design_lng_bunker_barges_for_lng_america_llc/


 

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