Master Boat to build second ATB tug for Polaris New Energy

(MOBILE, Ala.) — Master Boat Builders on Thursday announced the construction of a new 4,000-hp tugboat for PNE Marine Holdings LLC. The new tug is the sister ship to Polaris, which was delivered to Polaris New Energy LLC earlier this year.

“Master Boat Builders is humbled by the vote of confidence from Polaris New Energy to request construction of a sister ship to Polaris,” said Garrett Rice, president of Master Boat Builders. “We are incredibly excited to continue this relationship with such a well-respected company in the industry.”

The sister ship to Polaris will be coupled with a barge currently under construction at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and will form a Jones Act-compliant articulated tug-barge (ATB) to help fuel the cruise ship industry’s new LNG-powered ships in Port Canaveral, Fla. The tug is expected to be delivered to PNE Marine Holdings in 2023.

– Master Boat Builders

The new 4,000-hp tug will be a sister vessel to Polaris, shown here. Master Boat Builders photo
By Rich Miller