Vard to help design power barges for New York's Gowanus project

(VANCOUVER, British Columbia) — Vard Marine has been contracted to complete the basic class design package of a new generation of Siemens-powered SeaFloat power barges to support New York’s Gowanus Repowering Project. Working under the guidance of Stantec, the project’s engineer of record, Vard Marine will supply the barge arrangements, structural design package, marine engineering and naval architecture for the project.

“We are very pleased to be partnered with Stantec and Siemens in such an important initiative that reduces potential emissions in New York City and provides peaking power to the city and state,” said Vard Marine Houston Vice President Darren Truelock.

The two barges will be equipped with eight Siemens SGT-A65 Aeroderivative gas turbines and will replace the four older barges currently operating in the Gowanus Generating Station in Brooklyn, N.Y. They will have a generation capacity of approximately 300 megawatts (MW) each.

Vard Marine’s current portfolio of floating power plants ranges from 40 MW to 220 MW units of both diesel and gas turbine power generation.

“We are proud to partake in the city’s strategy to leave a greener footprint and are excited to see the environmental impact the two barges will have,” Truelock said.

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By Professional Mariner Staff