Lockheed Martin delivers first LNG tank

16 Apr 2014
Lockheed Martin’s first LNG tank for Harvey Gulf rolls out of the company’s NASA facility in New Orleans

Lockheed Martin’s first LNG tank for Harvey Gulf rolls out of the company’s NASA facility in New Orleans

The first LNG tank manufactured by Lockheed Martin in the US for Harvey Gulf’s gas-fuelled PSVs has been completed in New Orleans.

It has been transported to the Gulf Coast Shipyard in Gulfport, where it will be integrated with the Wärtsilä LNG propulsion system. The tank has been built by Lockheed Martin’s NASA Michoud Assembly Facility, from over 100,000kg of US steel, under contract to Wärtsilä.

 “We are very pleased with the relationship we are building with Lockheed Martin during this process. Our commitment to help our country become energy independent is clear. Harvey Gulf International Marine LLC will continue to be the leader in bringing low cost service solutions to our clients,” said Harvey Gulf chairman and CEO Shane Guidry. 

Lockheed Martin says this is the first in a series of cryogenic tanks it is producing for both shipboard applications and land-based storage, based on the company’s technology and experience from building space shuttle external tanks for NASA. As the marine LNG market grows, Lockheed Martin expects interest for cryogenic tanks to increase.

“We are constantly looking for ways to innovate and leverage proven advanced technologies in different industries and our first LNG tank is a great example of this synergy,” said Vincent Sica, vice president at Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions.

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