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Wednesday, December 29, 2021 

Wisconsin, US-based Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding has recently delivered a new 340ft LNG bunker barge, 'Clean Canaveral', to Polaris New Energy.

The 5,500m3 ATB is the largest built in the United States, and will soon be followed by another barge of similar size for an affiliate of Polaris New Energy, as they expand their domestic LNG bunkering market.

Craig Perciavalle, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding VP and GM said: “We are really proud to deliver this important vessel on time,” said . “Thanks to the entire team here and all of the suppliers and partners who worked through the many challenges over the last couple of years.”

Mac Hummel, CEO Polaris , said: “I recognise it’s not only all of you standing here today. It’s your families, it’s your loved ones, it’s your friends, it’s the local businesses that support the shipyard. It’s local officials that also lend their support.”

Hummel offered thanks for the support of the US Coast Guard, American Bureau of Shipping, Vard for design services, and Wartsila for the LNG handling systems.

Thomas Sullivan, senior VP Operations, Polaris New Energy, said: “When Northstar decided to enter the LNG bunkering business, we reached out to several shipyards for bids. But based on our past experience with Fincantieri Bay [Shipbuilding], the incredible talent of the team that’s standing before me now, the welders, the pipe fitters, the electricians, the paint crew, and everyone behind the scenes, my hope was we could come to terms with Fincantieri Bay. And thankfully we did that, because the work that you’ve done is incredible.”

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding is on contract to build a sister 5,500m3 ATB for Northstar and Polaris, in addition to other new construction and steady repair work in the Great Lakes.

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