The ATB will be built by VT Halter Marine shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi and will be operated under a long-term charter with Shell Oil. The proposed design includes capacity for 4,000 cubic metres of LNG.
LNG “at the core” of Wärtsilä global strategy
Wärtsilä will supply and fit its proprietary LNG cargo storage, handling, and control system for the barge as well as barge automation, power management, bow thruster and ballast water management systems. A separate tug unit will include Wärtsilä main propulsion steerable thrusters, tug automation and shaft lines along with Wärtsilä NACOS Platinum dynamic positioning system and ancillary navigation and communication equipment.
“Wärtsilä is very grateful for the confidence placed in our solutions by VTHM, Q-LNG and Shell… Increasing the use of LNG as a marine fuel is at the core of our global business strategy, and this project represents an important step towards realising that aim,” Hanno Schoonman, General Manager at Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, said.
Wärtsilä expects to start making the first deliveries to VT Halter in 2018 and throughout 2019, with the vessel scheduled to commence operations in 2020.
Q-LNG extends Wärtsilä links
The deal will see Q-LNG extend its existing links with Wärtsilä following supply of LNG solutions for vessels under construction and in operation by parent stakeholder Harvey Gulf International Marine. Q-LNG is owned 70% by Shane Guidry and 30% by Harvey Gulf.
“Q-LNG is very pleased to again be partnering with Wärtsilä on yet another ground-breaking project. Wärtsilä’s expertise in LNG systems, its solid reputation for top quality marine equipment, and its commitment to customer service fits in very well with Q-LNG’s plan to advance the development of LNG as a marine fuel in North America,” says Chad Verret, President of Q-LNG.
Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, Wärtsilä’s core products include large combustion engines used in cruise ships and ferries alongside reciprocating internal combustion (IC) engines that can burn a variety of fuels, including natural gas.