AUGUST 19, 2015 — Crowley Maritime Corp. subsidiary Jensen Maritime today announced the development of two new, liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker barge concepts that can be fully customized to meet a customer's unique needs.
As the marine industry examines its options for LNG fueling, bunker barges offer an attractive solution to the problems of what to develop first – LNG infrastructure or vessels. They are an ideal resource for those who have LNG needs at ports not located near an LNG terminal or as an alternative to over-the-road transportation.
The first concept announced today by Jensen is a BYOB (bring your own barge) solution that involves outfitting an existing barge with an above-deck LNG tank. The concept can be further modified to accommodate more than one type of product, if a customer has a need for multiple liquid transfers. Advantages of this design include a fast turnaround and a reduced need to invest in specialized assets if a customer has short-term LNG requirements.
The second concept is for a purpose-built, new bunker barge. Offering greater carrying capacity and improved visibility, the design features a larger LNG tank that is nestled inside of the barge. This new barge will also feature the latest safety features and efficiencies.
"We understand that customers have very different needs when it comes to LNG," said Johan Sperling, vice president. "Whether LNG is required for the long or short term, or in larger or smaller quantities, Jensen has a bunkering solution. We are proud to continue leading the way with LNG marine solutions."
To make outfitting, construction and assembly more efficient, all Jensen designs are developed using the company's proprietary production engineering capabilities