LNG America has contracted with Jensen Maritime, the Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering company of Crowley Maritime Corp., to design the initial bunker/shuttle barge for its US Gulf Coast operations.
LNG America plans to have the vessels ready for service by the end of 2015.
The vessels, which are expected to deliver in late 2015, have an initial planned capacity of up to 3,000 cubic meters of LNG. Once in operation, the bunker barges will serve the dual purpose of moving LNG from the supply source to coastal-based storage and distribution terminals as well as directly bunkering large ships.
Through LNG Americas LNG bunkering initiative, we plan to serve and facilitate the growing marine demand for LNG, said Keith Meyer, CEO of LNG America.
LNG America sees the demand for marine LNG to be robust as long as LNG can be made available to the maritime industry on a reliable, dependable, and cost competitive basis. Our mission is to deliver competitively priced LNG as fuel where needed, when needed, and in the quantity needed.
This agreement between LNG America and Jensen Maritime is a significant step in LNG Americas build out of LNG bunkering infrastructure along the US Gulf Coast, and a key step in delivering a new clean fuel to the maritime industry.
The significance of this agreement is not only incredible news for the marine industry, which struggles with whether to develop LNG infrastructure or vessels first, but also for companies along the US Gulf that hope to replace their traditional vessels with cleaner, more efficient LNG-powered ones, said Jensen vice president Johan Sperling.
We are thrilled to be working with LNG America in the development of its marine infrastructure and also in providing a green fuel source to this important region. Jensen is on the leading edge when it comes to LNG vessel design and we look forward to serving LNG America and other customers with this valuable service.