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WÄRTSILÄ GAS SYSTEM FOR SECOND FINCANTIERI BAY LNG BUNKER BARGE

WÄRTSILÄ GAS SYSTEM FOR SECOND FINCANTIERI BAY LNG BUNKER BARGE

Thursday, December 2, 2021 

Wärtsilä will supply a complete LNG cargo storage and handling system for a new 103m long LNG Bunker Barge which is to be built at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) in Wisconsin, USA for Polaris New Energy (PNE).

This is the second of two such barges built at the yard for PNE, the same Wärtsilä solution having been ordered for both. The first barge is scheduled for delivery from FBS in December 2021.

The Wärtsilä scope includes four 1350 m3 insulated LNG cargo tanks, the cargo control system, deepwell pumps, a ship-to-shore transfer system, a nitrogen generator, all necessary safety equipment and systems, a custody transfer measurement system, and the gas combustion unit. Deliveries to the yard will commence in November 2022.

In addition to the equipment scope, Wärtsilä will provide the detailed design for the system as well as all necessary integration requirements. The second barge will be able to load LNG from the major terminals thanks to an elevated manifold feature. Wärtsilä’s position as a provider of LNG systems for the marine sector enables the company to offer solid support for owners and operators as the acceptance of LNG fuel continues to grow.

Justin Slater, Director of Sales and Marketing, FBS, said: “When delivered, these two barges will be the largest LNG bunker barges in the US, which further solidifies Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding’s reputation as the ‘go-to’ shipyard for LNG bunker vessels. We are very pleased to once again partner with Wärtsilä for this second PNE barge, and we thank them for the excellent way in which the first vessel project was executed.”.

Kjell Ove Ulstein, Sales and Marketing Director, Wärtsilä Gas Solutions, said: “This repeat order comes based on the success of the first vessel’s cargo handling project, and Wärtsilä’s unmatched reputation for high quality LNG system solutions. The North American maritime sector is increasingly turning to LNG fuel as a means to reduce its carbon footprint, and this project represents an important addition to the supply infrastructure. Our depth of experience certainly adds significant support to this trend.”

The two barges will be capable of delivering fuel to both ocean-going and inland waterway vessels operating on LNG.

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