Crowley Maritime Corp. subsidiary Jensen Maritime, a Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm, has developed two new, liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker barge concepts that can be fully customized to meet the varying needs of clients. The first concept involves outfitting an existing barge with an above-deck LNG tank. The second concept is for a purpose-built, new bunker barge.
The retrofitting concept can be further modified to accommodate more than one type of product, if a customer has a need for multiple liquid transfers. Advantages of this design include a fast turnaround and a reduced need to invest in specialized assets if a customer has short-term LNG requirements.
The new bunker barge offers greater carrying capacity and improved visibility; the design features a larger LNG tank that is nestled inside of the barge. This new barge will also feature the latest safety features and efficiencies.
“We understand that customers have very different needs when it comes to LNG,” said Johan Sperling, vice president. “Whether LNG is required for the long or short term, or in larger or smaller quantities, Jensen has a bunkering solution. We are proud to continue leading the way with LNG marine solutions.”
Bunker barges offer an innovative solution for the maritime industry, which is currently struggling with the decision over which to develop first – LNG infrastructure or vessels. These barges are an ideal resource for those who have LNG needs at ports not located near an LNG terminal or as an alternative to over-the-road transportation.
(Source: Jernsen Maritime)