ABS, a provider of classification and technical services to marine and offshore industries, announced that it was selected by Q-LNG, LLC, to class an Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) for LNG bunkering in North America.
The vessel is set to begin its construction at VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula, Mississippi, in the beginning of 2018.
“This project represents another significant milestone for the region in the continued development of LNG infrastructure in North America, helping the maritime industry meet stricter emissions requirements, ABS is committed to working with all project stakeholders to support safety both during construction and operations,” stated ABS Chairman, President and CEO, Christopher J. Wiernicki.
The LNG bunker barge, will have a 4,000 cubic meters LNG capacity and will be owned and constructed by Q-LNG, while the operations will be managed by New Orleans-based Harvey Gulf International Marine.
Furthermore, Shell will charter the barge and will supply necessary LNG fuel to cruise vessels throughout the Southeast Coast of the US.
The barge’s design enables it to be efficient and maneuverable, allowing LNG bunker delivery.
ABS said that it is also classing the LNG bunkering barge for North America, which is currently being constructed at Conrad Orange Shipyard and is expected to be delivered in 2018.