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Construction of America’s first LNG ATB bunkering vessel begins

12 Mar 2018

Mississippi-based VT Halter Marine, a company of Vision Technologies Systems, has started a project to construct America’s first liquefied natural gas articulated tug and barge (LNG ATB) unit.

“We are honoured to be able to celebrate the official start of construction on the first LNG Bunkering ATB unit ever built,” said Rob Mullins, CEO of VT Halter Marine.

“We believe that this is a significant step towards the USA becoming the premier supplier of LNG as the environmentally friendly maritime fuel source of choice.”

The LNG bunkering vessel was ordered by Q-LNG Transport in November 2017 to fulfil a long-term contract with Shell Trading (U.S.) Company, to deliver LNG as a fuel source to various ports in Florida and the Caribbean.

“I’m looking forward to developing a long-term relationship with VT Halter Marine and the ATB project is only the beginning,” said Shane J Guidry, CEO of Q-LNG Transport.

“The cutting of this steel for America’s first LNG ATB bunkering vessel will pave the way for LNG to becoming the marine fuel of the future.”

According to VT Halter Marine, the ATB Tug will have 5,100 horsepower, GE 6L250 MDC EPA Tier 4 main engines, with Z-drives, and dimensions of 128’ x 42’ x 21’.

The barge is designed to carry 4,000 cubic meters of LNG, and will have dimensions of 324’ x 64’ x 32’.6”.

The LNG ATB Unit is designed to meet the requirements of American Bureau of Shipbuilding (ABS) and the International Gas Carrier (IGC) code as an LNG bunkering barge.

Anticipated delivery of the first unit is in the first quarter of 2020.

Photo credit: VT Halter Marine
Published: 12 March, 2018

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