ABS will class first US LNG bunker vessels

23 May 2014
LNG America’s LNG bunker vessels will be classed by ABS

LNG America’s LNG bunker vessels will be classed by ABS

ABS has been chosen as the classification society for LNG America’s first LNG bunker barges, currently being designed by Jensen Maritime.

According to LNG America, ABS will assist it in working with shipbuilders and regulators in developing the vessels, North America’s first LNG bunker barges, so that they meet or exceed all technical and regulatory requirements. The barges will provide the bridge between the natural gas industry and the global marine industry, and will allow ship owners and charter parties to receive LNG as bunker fuel the same way they receive fuel oil today.

“We are pleased to be working with ABS on this important domestic initiative. ABS has watched ship propulsion move from wind to coal, from coal to oil, and now from oil to natural gas. They are well situated to help us usher in a new era of clean domestic fuel,” said Keith Meyer, president and CEO of LNG America.

“We are looking forward to working with LNG America on North America’s first LNG bunker barges. These units will be the first of many that will be required if our industry is going to support the transition to LNG as a fuel for the ships entering US ports,” said Jim Watson, president and COO, ABS Americas. “LNG is an exciting sector for us, and we look forward to using our technical knowledge to support the growth of gas fuel for transportation here, and around the world.”

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