Fincantieri Delivers 340-foot Clean Canaveral

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) delivered the 340-foot, Clean Canaveral, to Polaris New Energy Dec. 3. The 5,500 cubic meter ATB (articulated tug barge) is the largest  domestic liquified natural gas (LNG) bunkering barge ever built in the United States. It will soon be followed by another barge of similar size for an affiliate of Polaris New Energy, as they grow their leadership position in the domestic LNG bunkering market.

“We are really proud to deliver this important vessel on time,” said Craig Perciavalle, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding’s new Vice President and General Manager. “Thanks to the entire team here and all of the suppliers and partners who worked through the many challenges over the last couple of years.”

Attending the delivery ceremony were representatives and family members from Polaris New Energy. Mac Hummel, CEO of Polaris thanked the FBS team and recognized their support, as did Thomas Sullivan, Polaris New Energy senior VP of Operations.

“We reached out to several shipyards for bids, but based on our past experience with [FBS], the incredible talent of the team that’s standing before me now, the welders, the pipe fitters, the electricians, the paint crew, and everyone behind the scenes, my hope was we could come to terms with Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding,” he said. “And thankfully we did that, because the work that you’ve done is incredible.”

In keeping with maritime tradition, Sullivan’s daughter-in-law Candyce Sullivan ceremoniously smashed a bottle of champagne on a portion of the ship to present the Clean Canaveral.  

FBS is on contract to build a sister 5,500 cubic meter ATB for Northstar and Polaris, in addition to other new construction and steady repair work in the Great Lakes.

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