MacGregor to supply Fincantieri Bay LNG bunkering barge hose handling cranes

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Designed by Vancouver, B.C., based Vard Marine Inc., LNG bunkering barge is currently under construction at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding

The 5,400-cubic-meter LNG bunkering barge under construction at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, Sturgeon Bay, Wis., will have two MacGregor Rapp HP63-13F fixed boom cranes to handle the hoses that transfer LNG from the barge to the vessel being fueledduring bunkering operations. The hoses will be 63 feet long and designed to handle 6,500 pounds at 42 feet outreach and 1,000 pounds at 63 feet.

MacGregor has a long record of supplying hose handling cranes for oil tank barges to Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, and many other U.S shipyards. This will be the first pair of cranes to be delivered for an LNG bunkering application.

The barge is being built for Polaris New Energy, a subsidiary of Northstar Midstream. The homeport will be Jacksonville, Fla., USA and operations will service customers along the Florida coast.

“We are glad to select MacGregor as the supplier for our LNG Bunker Barge project’s hose handling cranes. MacGregor’s support prior to order was an important part of our design development. We are confident that these cranes will meet or exceed our customer’s requirements,” says Hugh Haggerty, Project Engineer, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding.

“We have a long-standing relationship with Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, and a proven reputation of delivering high-quality hose handling cranes to the US barge market,” says John Carnall, Senior Vice President, Global Services Division, MacGregor. “These are the first hose handling cranes that MacGregor will deliver to an LNG bunkering barge, and we have tailored the specification in close cooperation with Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding’s engineering group to ensure the exact configuration for the owner’s hose handling operations.”

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