Bridgehead for LNG bunkering in the USA
The technology group Wärtsilä will supply its LNG cargo handling system for a new 5400 sqm LNG bunker barge being built in the USA. The barge is being built at the Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding yard in Wisconsin (USA) on behalf of NorthStar Midstream. It will be operated by the company’s marine transportation company Polaris New Energy (PNE).
The order was placed with Wärtsilä in August 2019. “This project represents one more strategically important step in the development of a viable LNG supply infrastructure for marine applications,” says Mark Keneford, Wärtsilä’s GM marine sales for USA and Canada.
The bunker barge will be part of an articulated tug barge (ATB) that will deliver fuel to both ocean and inland water operated LNG-fuelled vessels. It will initially be assigned to Florida’s eastern coast. There is an option for two additional bunker barges. (fd)