Vard Marine develops design package for Fincantieri Bay LNG bunker barge

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Vard Marine rendering of the new LNG bunker barge

Vancouver, B.C., based Vard Marine Inc. recently completed the concept design of the the new 5,400 cu. m LNG bunker barge on order at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding.

Vard Marine is currently developing a classification design package for review and approval by ABS and the U.S. Coast Guard.

The barge is designed with a philosophy of utilizing proven technology. It will be fitted with four 1,350 cu.m IMO Type C tanks, utilizing a cargo handling system designed and developed by Wärtsilä. The barge will use cargo handling equipment for continuous cargo conditioning and to provide multiple levels of redundancy to maintain the LNG cargo’s pressure and temperature.

“LNG as a marine fuel is being adopted in the US and around the world at an exponential rate,” said Darren Truelock, Vice President of Vard Marine’s Houston’s operations. “and Vard Marine is proud to be a part of this evolution. Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding has brought together a ‘Dream Team’ of expertise to provide Polaris New Energy with a world-class product that will be instrumental in providing access to cleaner, economical energy.”

The barge dimensions will be 340 ft overall length, 66 ft beam, and it will have a depth of 32 ft-10 in. It will be the largest capacity LNG Jones Act bunker barge designed and built to date.

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