lng Barge Clean Everglades

The U.S. shipbuilder Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FSB) christened yesterday the recently constructed LNG bunker barge “Clean Everglades” with the presence of executives from Seaside LNG, Polaris New Energy and their guests.

The “Clean Everglades” is a sister to the LNG barge “Clean Canaveral”, which was delivered by FBS two years ago, and this barge has made more than 65 successful LNG bunker deliveries, the shipyard said.

Both barges are similar in design and appearance, with the articulated tug barge having a capacity of 5,500 cubic meters of LNG.

The 5,500 cubic meter articulated tug barge (ATB) is fitted with four 1,375 CBM IMO Type C tanks, and it has a cargo handling system designed and developed by Wartsila.

The LNG barge is 340 feet overall length, 66 feet beam, and 32 feet-10 inches deep. The ATB is also an Ocean Classed ABS barge.

Seaside LNG as the shipowner and contract partner with FBS, has via Polaris New Energy (PNE), the bunkering arm of Seaside LNG, the largest fleet of Jones Act-compliant LNG bunkering barges operating in the United States, as the shipbuilder adds.

Jan Allman, vice president and general manager of Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding, said that “The previous FBS-built LNG barge was delivered on schedule during the global pandemic, which was quite an accomplishment,” and that “We are ready to deliver the “Clean Everglades” six weeks ahead of schedule, thanks in part to a clean, brilliant design and the motivated, experienced shipbuilders here at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding.”

Tim Casey, the chief executive of Seaside LNG said that “Polaris New Energy is excited to continue to expand the LNG bunkering infrastructure in the United States,” adding that “The delivery of the “Clean Everglades” will give us the ability to expand our LNG bunkering business to the Gulf of Mexico. Partnering with the talented and professional staff at FBS has produced a second exceptional vessel.”