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FINCANTIERI BAY AND CROWLEY JOIN FORCES ON LARGEST US LNG BARGE

FINCANTIERI BAY AND CROWLEY JOIN FORCES ON LARGEST US LNG BARGE

Thursday, September 2, 2021 

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding is partnering with Crowley Maritime Corporation on the largest LNG bunkering barge yet constructed in the US.

The 416ft (127m) vessel will offer capacity for 12,000m3 of LNG and when complete it will be the largest Jones Act-compliant vessel of its kind, becoming the second Jones Act-compliant bunker barge Shell has under long-term charter in the US.  It will be used to help expand current LNG network capacity and meet demands for cleaner energy.

VP and GM, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, Todd Thayse said:“Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding is pleased to partner with Crowley on this project, building on our previous successful vessel construction projects. Our growing expertise and partnerships in the LNG transportation business is recognised by the industry and positions us well in this growing market. We are pleased Crowley selected our team at Bay Shipbuilding to execute this important and highly visible project.”

Bay Shipbuilding designed and constructed two large articulated tug-barges (ATBs) for Crowley in 2002. Currently Bay Shipbuilding is wrapping up construction of a similar but smaller LNG barge for Polaris New Energy, Clean Canaveral, which is expected to deliver later this year. This vessel for Crowley is expected to be in service in 2024.

“The new bunker barge will extend Crowley’s commitment to deliver cleaner, innovative solutions to help the shipping industry continue on the path to decarbonisation. Orders for ships fueled by liquefied natural gas continue to rise, and this vessel will provide Shell an innovative and reliable service to meet demands for more sustainable energy sources,” said Tucker Gilliam, VP Crowley Shipping.

With this barge, Shell continues to expand its global network for LNG bunkering, with 10 LNG bunker vessels currently under contract and plans to add further to its growing global fleet.

The LNG bunkering barge will either transport the gas to locations where it can be returned to a gaseous state for energy, or it can be used to refuel other vessels which use LNG. LNG burns cleaner than other fossil fuels, resulting in greater reductions in pollution and less internal wear on engines.

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