Classification society ABS will class the North American west coast’s first LNG bunker barge which is expected to commence operations from 2023.
ABS said it is “uniquely qualified” to support Cryopeak LNG Solutions Corporation and Island Tug & Barge (ITB) who have developed a design for a 4,000-cu m articulated tug and barge.
The design utilises one of ITB’s tugs to deliver LNG as a marine fuel to shipping companies calling to ports on the west coast.
“The marine industry is seeking solutions to enable the use of LNG as part of its journey to reduce emissions and lower fuel costs. This project delivers that, and will enable vessels to adopt LNG as a cleaner alternative fuel,” said Calum McClure, ceo of Cryopeak.
Adrian Samuel, president of ITB, said: “Through our partnership with ABS and Cryopeak, we look forward to leveraging this success and to provide efficient and reliable solutions to the LNG bunker market in Western Canada and the US Pacific Northwest.”
John McDonald, senior vice president, global business development, ABS, commented: “No one understands better than ABS the potential for LNG to help shipping meet its sustainability goals. So it is great to be able to support this project, which will further expand the availability of LNG along the west coast.”