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ABS classes LNG bunker barge

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ABS has been selected by Q-LNG LLC to class an articulated tug barge (ATB) for LNG bunkering in North America. The vessel is scheduled to begin construction at VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula, Mississippi, US, in early 2018.

The LNG bunker barge will be owned and constructed by Q-LNG, while the operations will be handled by Harvey Gulf International Marine. The barge will be chartered by Shell, and will supply necessary LNG fuel to cruise vessels throughout the Southeast Coast of the US. The barge will be designed to be efficient and maneuverable to allow LNG bunker delivery to a range of customers.

ABS Chairman, President and CEO, Christopher J. Wiernicki, said: “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.”

Q-LNG Transport President, Chad Verret, added: “We chose ABS as our class partner for this project because of their extensive understanding of LNG as fuel and LNG bunkering applications […] This project will expand the LNG supply chain and play a critical role in the advancement of LNG as a marine fuel throughout the region and North America.”

ABS is also classing the LNG bunkering barge for North America that is currently being built at Conrad Orange Shipyard and is scheduled for delivery in 2018.

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