Largest US-built LNG bunker barge to feature TGE Marine’s cargo handling system

German engineering contractor TGE Marine has secured a contract with the US-based Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding to design and supply a cargo handling system for a 12,000 cbm liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering barge.

Courtesy of TGE Marine
Courtesy of TGE Marine

Under the contract, TGE Marine will design and supply the cargo handling system including two 6,000 cbm Bi-Lobe type C tanks designed to transport LNG at -163°C.

As explained, the cargo handling system will enable the barge to load LNG from a supply terminal and transfer the LNG to the clients’ vessels using a ship-to-ship transfer system.

During transit, the cargo can be kept in its liquid state at ambient pressure through the use of a chiller unit.

The barge is being constructed for the Florida-based marine solutions, transportation and logistics company Crowley and will be operated under a long-term charter with energy major Shell.

The construction of what is described as the largest US-built LNG bunkering barge began at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin on 6 January 2022.

The shipyard is expected to complete the construction of the 126.7-metre-long barge in late 2023 and the vessel will start operations along the US East Coast in 2024.

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