Technology group Wärtsilä will has won a repeat order to supply its LNG cargo handling system for an LNG bunker barge being built at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in the USA.
Wärtsilä has been awarded the contract to supply a new 103 metre (340 feet) long LNG Bunker Barge with a complete LNG cargo storage and handling system. The 5400 m3 barge will be built at the Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding yard in Wisconsin on behalf of Polaris New Energy (PNE). The order with Wärtsilä was placed in November 2021.
The order is the second for an LNG bunker barge at the Wisconsin yard for PNE. The first order was placed in September 2019, and the barge is scheduled for delivery in December 2021.
The Wärtsilä scope of supply includes four 1350 m3 insulated LNG cargo tanks, the cargo control system, deepwell pumps, a ship-to-shore transfer system, a nitrogen generator, all necessary safety equipment and systems, a custody transfer measurement system, and the gas combustion unit. Deliveries to the yard will commence in November 2022.
In addition to the equipment scope, Wärtsilä will also provide the detailed design for the system as well as all necessary integration requirements. The second barge will be able to load LNG from the major terminals thanks to an elevated manifold feature. The two barges will be capable of delivering fuel to both ocean-going and inland waterway vessels operating on LNG.
“When delivered, these two barges will be the largest LNG bunker barges in the U.S., which further solidifies Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding’s reputation as the ‘go-to’ shipyard for LNG bunker vessels. We are very pleased to once again partner with Wärtsilä for this second PNE barge, and we thank them for the excellent way in which the first vessel project was executed,” says Justin Slater, Director of Sales & Marketing at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding.