New Orleans headquartered Quality Liquefied Natural Gas Transport (Q-LNG) reports that it has received U.S. Coast Guard design basis acceptance and regulatory approvals to move forward with construction on two variants of its current design LNG bunkering ATB.
The designs, for a 5,400 cu.m and 8,000 cu.m articulated tug and barge, are both variants of the 4,000 cu.m ATB design currently under construction for Q-LNG by shipbuilder VT Halter in Pascagoula, Miss.
“As an industry leader we are committed to continued support of the cruise and broader maritime industry in North America and abroad. This new project will closely mirror the current vessel under construction by utilizing a significant amount of the design and engineering details, applying all lessons and efficiencies learned from the 4,000 cu.m ATB,” said CEO Shane Guidry. “Q-LNG will be able to deliver the follow-on designs in a shorter period of time at a highly competitive price. By working with current equipment suppliers we are able to leverage efficiencies and ensure competitive pricing, while positively impacting vessel construction, delivery and reliability during operations.”
Guidry noted that najor cruise, tanker and containership operators are continuing their commitment to build and deliver LNG powered ships to the market, and said that Q-LNG is ready meet the challenge.
“We will deliver the safest, cost effective and most technologically advanced solutions to the maritime industry,” he said.
The Design Basis Letter (“DBL”) approvals from the USCG mark a continuation of Q-LNG’s commitment to developing LNG fueling infrastructure in North America.
“Q-LNG will own and operate these assets to further provide marine transportation of LNG, a critical component of U.S. LNG infrastructure, to various ports on the Atlantic Coast, Caribbean and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico,” said the company.
Q-LNG is currently contracted with VT Halter for the construction of America’s first offshore LNG ATB. It is being constructed to meet the requirements of U.S. flag, ABS Class and the International Gas Carrier Code, and is designed to carry 4,000 cubic meters of LNG, with the barge having dimensions of 324 feet x 64 feet x 32.6 ft and the tug having dimensions of 128 ft x 42 ft x 21 ft.