North America's first LNG bunker barge nears launch

DECEMBER 17, 2015 —Clean Marine Energy LLC (CME) says that North America's first LNG bunker barge is scheduled to be launched in February of 2016.

 The barge is under construction at Conrad Shipyard in Orange, TX, which has just hosted a tour where 200 participants at a USCG Liquefied Gas Senior Executive Forum got a chance to see its progress.

Hull construction of the 2,200 m3 barge is near complete and abrasive blasting and painting is scheduled to begin in the coming weeks.
The barge's LNG Mark III Flex cargo containment system, designed by Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT), is scheduled to be installed immediately following the February launch.

The Bristol Harbor Group designed and ABS classed vessel will be outfitted with a 20 m bunker mast (custom fabricated by Conrad under GTT license) that will enable the barge to service a wide variety of vessels. It will also be equipped with six DH Industries StirLNG-4 cryocoolers sized to handle 125% of the vessel's boil-off gas, along with other systems specifically designed for this vessel's LNG bunkering application to deliver the coldest LNG to the end user.

The barge will be delivered to Jacksonville, FL in the third quarter of 2016 to service TOTE's newbuild Marlin class LNG fueled container vessels and other LNG fueled vessels in and around the Port of Jacksonville and the Southeast.

CME is partnered with WesPac Midstream LLC (WesPac) and together with Pivotal LNG (Pivotal), a subsidiary of AGL Resources, will own and operate JAX LNG, a small scale liquefaction facility in the port of Jacksonville. The plant is planned to be commissioned during the first quarter of 2017 and will be capable of providing LNG to locations up and down the Florida and Georgia coasts.

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