Milestone for US LNG bunker barge

The installation of the cargo handling system for the largest LNG bunkering barge under construction in the US remains on schedule. Wärtsilä Gas Solutions has confirmed that four LNG cargo tanks are currently en route between Shanghai and Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) yard in Wisconsin, USA.

The tanks are being transported onboard heavy-lift vessel BBC Louise. The vessel is expected to arrive at the shipyard on Sturgeon Bay, Lake Michigan in late October.

The keel was laid for the bunkering barge in July 2020, and the vessel is slated for delivery to Polaris New Energy in late 2021.

The Wärtsilä scope of supply also includes the system design and integration, the LNG pumps, a ship-to-ship transfer system, ship to shore communication link, all necessary safety and control equipment, valves, instrumentation, and a gas combustion unit.

“The completion, and shipping, of the LNG cargo tanks marks a very significant milestone in the overall project. Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding greatly appreciates the efforts made by all parties in trying times, and looks forward to receiving the tanks and moving into the next phase of the project,” says Pete Sinclair, Program Manager at FBS.

As reported, the Polaris New Energy barge will be the largest vessel of its kind when launched, and will initially supply LNG fuelled vessels along the east coast of the USA.

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