NorthStar Midstream company plans to build an LNG bunker barge for operations along the country’s East Coast on the base of famous shipbuilder Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding
The 5,400 cbm barge will operate as an articulated tug and barge unit that will initially provide LNG bunkering solutions to NorthStar’s customers in the area.
To be fitted with four 1,350 CBM IMO Type C tanks, the unit will utilize a cargo handling system designed and developed by Finland-based Wärtsilä. The ABS classed vessel will be 103 meters long, and will have a depth of 10 meters.
Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding informed that the contract contains options for two additional barges.
This decision is connected with increased LNG interest of domestic industries.
Additionally, NorthStar Midstream has established Polaris New Energy (PNE) to focus on the transportation and distribution of LNG along the coastal and inland waterways of the United States.