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ATB TO ENTER SERVICE AS LNG BUNKER VESSEL IN US

Monday, June 22, 2020 

US company Quality Liquefied Natural Gas Transport (Q-LNG) is soon to take delivery of its first newbuild vessel from shipbuilder VT Halter Marine.

According to SGMF (Society for Gas as Marine Fuel) the New Orleans-based company, owned by Harvey Gulf International Marine’s CEO Shane Guidry, will take delivery of the Q-LNG 4000 LNG ATB, which will become the first offshore LNG articulated tug and barge in the US.

It is essentially an LNG bunkering vessel but it can be used a small-scale carrier too. The vessel is under a long-time charter with a unit of Shell LNG that will use it mainly to bunker LNG-powered ships calling at ports in Florida, including Carnival Cruise Line’s two newbuilds, and the Siem Car carrier duo chartered by Germany’s Volkswagen.

Q-LNG has secured approval from US Coast Guard to move forward with construction on two variants of its design. These designs, for a 5,400m3 and 8,000m3 articulated tug and barge, are both based on the current 4,000m3 ATB design.

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