Fincantieri Bay lays keel for LNG bunkering barge

Written by Marine Log Staff
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Representatives from ABS, Polaris New Energy, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and the U.S. Coast Guard pose in front of the first module to be set into place for the Clean Canaveral.

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Polaris New Energy hosted a private ceremonial keel laying last month celebrating the start of construction of an LNG (liquefied natural gas) ATB bunkering barge.

The barge will be named the Clean Canaveral and will initially operate along the U.S, East Coast providing LNG bunkering services to NorthStar Midstream’s customers.

Modern ships are now largely built in a series of pre-fabricated, complete hull sections rather than being built around a single keel. The event at the Sturgeon Bay shipyard recognized the keel laying as the setting of the first modular components.

After several months of pre-fabrication work of its modular sections by Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding’s team, the 55-ton modules were set into place watched by team members from Polaris New Energy, along with representatives of Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding.

Polaris New Energy representatives and Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Project Manager Pete Sinclair sign a document certifying that the keel ceremony was completed for ABS regulations.

“Our workforce is very proud to construct a new LNG Barge for Polaris New Energy,” said Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding’s Vice President and General Manager Todd Thayse. “This small-scale liquefied natural gas carrier is being built by a predominantly local, highly-skilled workforce. We are excited about this partnership with Polaris New Energy and hope that is the start of exciting things to come.”

“We are pleased to see the completion of this significant construction milestone,” said Polaris New Energy’s Senior Vice President of Operations Thomas Sullivan. “We are proud of our productive working relationship with Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, the U.S. Coast Guard, and ABS and look forward to the safe and efficient delivery of clean LNG fuel by this state-of-the-art bunker vessel.

The 5,400 cu.m barge will be fitted with four 1,350 cu.m IMO Type C tanks. It will utilize a cargo handling system designed and developed by Wärtsilä Gas Solutions. Dimensions of the vessel will be 340 foot overall length, 66 foot beam, and a depth of 32 foot 10 inches. The barge will be ABS classed barge and is slated for completion in late 2021.

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