Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding and Polaris New Energy hosted a private ceremonial keel laying June 24 to celebrate the start of construction on a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker barge. It will be named the Clean Canaveral and will operate as an articulated tug and barge unit that will initially run along the East Coast, providing LNG bunkering solutions to NorthStar Midstream’s customers.
After Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding’s team did several months’ worth of prefabrication work on the barge’s modular sections, the 55-ton modules were set in place in Sturgeon Bay. Team members from Polaris New Energy and representatives from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding watched the first assembly of the modular components.
The barge will use a cargo-handling system designed and developed by Wärtsilä Gas Solutions. The vessel is slated for completion in late 2021.