(PASCAGOULA, Miss.) — A naming ceremony was held at VT Halter Marine on Monday for Q-LNG 4000, the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker articulated tug-barge (ATB) unit, underpinning the growing LNG bunkering infrastructure in the United States, Riviera Maritime Media reported.
The owner of the ATB is Quality Liquefied Natural Gas Transport (Q-LNG), a joint venture of Shane Guidry, chairman of U.S.-based Harvey Gulf International Marine (HGIM), who has a 70 percent stake in the company, and HGIM, which controls the remaining interest.
Q-LNG will operate the ATB under a long-term contract with Shell Trading to deliver LNG as a fuel to ports in Florida and the southeast U.S. Based at Port Canaveral, Fla., Q-LNG will load LNG produced at the Elba Island LNG terminal in Savannah, Ga.
Built to ABS class rules and compliance with the International Gas Carrier code, Q-LNG 4000 is designed to provide ship-to-ship transfers of LNG to vessels that burn LNG as fuel and also ship-to-shore transfers for small-scale LNG distribution infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico.
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