ABS to class first West Coast LNG bunkering ATB

Written by Nick Blenkey
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ITB's ATB tug Island Regent seen pushing double hulled refined petroleum products barge

ABS is to class the 4,000 cu.m. LNG bunkering barge that Cryopeak LNG Solutions Corporation and Island Tug & Barge Ltd. plan to operate on the North American west coast from 2023 The bunkering barge will operate as an ATB, utilizing one of Island Tug and Barge’s existing tugs (see earlier story).

“No one understands better than ABS the potential for LNG to help shipping meet its sustainability goals. So, it is great to be able to support this project, which will further expand the availability of LNG along the west coast. We are proud to class the first LNG bunker vessel on the west coast,” said John McDonald, ABS Senior Vice President, Global Business Development.

“We are excited to have ABS as the classification society for this project. The marine industry is seeking solutions to enable the use of LNG as part of its journey to reduce emissions and lower fuel costs. This project delivers that, and will enable vessels to adopt LNG as a cleaner alternative fuel.” said Calum McClure, CEO of Cryopeak

“ITB’s commitment to vessel modernization has set the bar for operational and safety excellence in the marine transportation of petroleum products by tug and barge,” said Adrian Samuel, President of ITB. “Through our partnership with ABS and Cryopeak, we look forward to leveraging this success and to provide efficient and reliable solutions to the LNG bunker market in Western Canada and the U.S. Pacific Northwest. ITB’s articulated Tug & Barge (ATB) design will meet the highest standards for maneuverability and crew safety and we’re confident the vessel will be well received when fully operational. As always, we appreciate ABS’s ongoing support to this end.”

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