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Q-LNG LNG bunker barge awarded DPS+1 notation from ABS, completes sea trials

19 Nov 2020

Q-LNG, a unit of U.S. marine transportation firm Harvey Gulf on Monday (16 November) shared it has successfully completed sea trials of the VT Halter constructed liquefied natural gas (LNG) Articulated Tug and Barge.

The vessel is underway for Elba Island Georgia where she will load LNG, while completing an additional series of proving trials.

This innovative vessel is the first Articulated Tug and Barge to attain a DPS-1+ notation from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).

“We believe this vessel’s DPS-1+ notation raises the bar in safety, efficiency, and compatibility in the LNG bunkering market,” said Shane Guidry, principal owner of Q-LNG.

“This is another moment in maritime history we are proud to be part of.”

Q-LNG said the DPS-1+ notation requires certain equipment, software, simulations, and studies were conducted to show the vessels capability to hold in a location utilizing reference points for vessel positioning.

This rigorous review allows the vessel to operate without additional support in close proximity of other vessels.

The Q4000’s DPS-1+ notation adds flexibility to deliver LNG fuel in open water and other conditions not accessible to vessels without this notation.

Upon successful Gas Proving Trials, Q-LNG said the Q4000 will be delivered to the Shell Trading (U.S.) Company on a long term time charter.

Photo credit: Q-LNG

Published: 19 November, 2020

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