Energy infrastructure and LNG solutions provider WesPac Midstream and its subsidiary Clean Marine Energy (CME) have awarded a contract to Conrad Orange Shipyard for the construction of a dedicated LNG bunker barge for the marine market in North America.
The first 2,200m³ LNG barge will feature one tank equipped with MARK III Flex cargo containment technology, which is developed by French engineering and technology company Gaztransport & Technigaz (GTT).
CME CEO and co-founder Pace Ralli said: "A comprehensive LNG supply and distribution network for the marine market in North America is critical for the shipping industry.
"Today’s announcement shows that WesPac / CME is taking the necessary steps to complete the LNG supply chain so ship owners can be assured LNG will be available when and where it is needed."
Designed by Bristol Harbor Group, the vessel is expected to be delivered in early 2016.
After delivery, the barge will be serve Totem Ocean Trailer Express’ operations in Tacoma, Washington, as well as TOTE’s SeaStar operations in Jacksonville, US.
The classification society American Bureau for Shipping (ABS) will class the vessel.
GTT said the barge will also feature the innovative bunker mast design, refueling equipment arm, methane (REACH4) in order to enable simple and safe transfer of LNG fuel to the client vessel.
In January this year, GTT North America and Conrad Shipyard signed a technical assistance and licence agreement (TALA) to design and construct LNG barges and LNG-fuelled vessel bunker tanks using GTT’s membrane containment systems.
Image: Conrad Orange Shipyard to build the first, dedicated LNG bunker barge for the marine market in North America. Photo: courtesy of Gaztransport et Technigaz.