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Q-LNG gets USCG approval for LNG ATB designs

Quality Liquefied Natural Gas Transport (Q-LNG), a unit of Harvey Gulf, has received the United States Coast Guard design basis acceptance and regulatory approvals to move forward with construction on two variants of its current design.

The designs, each for a 5,400-cbm and 8,000-cbm Articulated Tug and Barge (ATB), are both variants of the 4,000-cbm ATB design currently under construction at VT Halter in Pascagoula, Mississippi, the company said in a statement on Monday.

Shane Guidry, Harvey Gulf’s CEO, said, “This new project will closely mirror the current vessel under construction by utilizing a significant amount of the design and engineering details, applying all lessons and efficiencies learned from the 4,000-cbm ATB. Q-LNG will be able to deliver the follow-on designs in a shorter period of time at a highly competitive price.”

The Design Basis Letter (DBL) approvals from the USCG represent a continuation of Q-LNG’s commitment to developing LNG fueling infrastructure in North America.

Q-LNG will own and operate these assets to further provide marine transportation of LNG, a critical component of U.S. LNG infrastructure, to various ports on the Atlantic Coast, Caribbean and the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

Q-LNG is currently contracted with VT Halter for the construction of America’s first offshore LNG ATB The ATB is being constructed to meet the requirements of US Flag, ABS Class and the International Gas Carrier Code, and is designed to carry 4,000 cubic meters of LNG