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Friday, July 24, 2020 

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Polaris New Energy recently hosted a private keel laying marking the start of construction of an LNG bunker barge, to be named the 'Clean Canaveral' and which will operate as an articulated tug and barge unit that initially runs along the US East Coast, providing LNG bunkering for NorthStar Midstream customers.

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 in the yard at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

“Our workforce is very proud to construct a new LNG Barge for Polaris New Energy,” said Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding’s VP and GM 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 SVP Operations Thomas Sullivan.  “We are proud of our productive working relationship with Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, the US 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 m3 barge will be fitted with four 1,350 m3 IMO Type C tanks. It will use a cargo handling system designed and developed by Wärtsilä Gas Solutions. Dimensions of the vessel will be 340ft overall length, 66ft beam, and a depth of 32ft 10in. The barge will be classed by ABS and is scheduled for completion in late 2021.

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