VT Halter launches LNG bunkering barge

The following is text of a news release from VT Halter Marine:

(PASCAGOULA, Miss.) — A few weeks after being named, the barge Q-LNG 4000 launched from the docks of VT Halter Marine, a company of ST Engineering North America. Q-LNG 4000 is part of America’s first offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) articulated tug-barge.

Q-LNG 4000 is designed to carry 4,000 cubic meters of LNG, with dimensions of 324 by 64 by 32 feet. Its tug, Q-Ocean Services, is scheduled to launch in late October. The tug will have 5,100 horsepower from two GE 6L250 MDC EPA Tier 4 main engines, with Wartsila z-drives. Its dimensions are 128 by 42 by 21 feet.

“Q-LNG 4000 is dedicated to delivering safe transit to all ships and ports it will serve,” said Shane J Guidry, chief executive officer of Q-LNG Transport. “Q-LNG Transport is committed to being a leader in developing LNG infrastructure in the United States and abroad. We are equally pleased that the ATB unit is Jones Act compliant, meaning she was constructed in America, owned by an American company, crewed by Americans under an American flag.”

The LNG ATB unit is designed to meet the requirements of American Bureau of Shipbuilding and the International Gas Carrier code as an LNG bunkering barge.

Anticipated delivery of the ATB unit is in the first quarter of 2020.

In November 2017, VT Halter Marine was awarded a contract by Q-LNG Transport to build the ATB LNG unit, which was announced as part of a long-term contract with Shell Trading (U.S.), to deliver LNG as a fuel source to various ports in Florida and the Caribbean. It will bunker Carnival Cruise Line’s two new dual-fuel ships and two dual-fuel Siem Car Carrier pure car-truck carriers chartered by the Volkswagen Group to transport vehicles from Europe to North America.

“We are proud of this successful launch,” said Ronald Baczkowski, president and chief executive officer of VT Halter Marine. “It marks a significant milestone in our role to deliver cleaner and more efficient fuels for the cruise and commercial ship industries. The professional and dedicated employees of VT Halter Marine have put their hearts and souls into building a vessel that will support environmentally friendly domestic commerce for decades to come.”

Click here to view a video of the launch.

By Professional Mariner Staff