Construction Begins On America’s First Offshore LNG ATB Unit

Representatives from Q-LNG Transport, Harvey Gulf International, VT Halter Marine and VT Marine.

A ceremony to mark the commencement of construction of America’s first Liquefied Natural Gas Articulated Tug and Barge (LNG ATB) unit was held on 8 March 2018 at VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

The contract was awarded to VT Halter Marine by Q-LNG Transport in November 2017. The construction of the LNG ATB unit is part of Q-LNG Transport’s long-term contract with Shell Trading (U.S.) Company, to deliver LNG as a fuel source to various ports in Florida and the Caribbean.

“We are honored to be able to celebrate the official start of construction on the first LNG Bunkering ATB unit ever built. We believe that this is a significant step towards the USA becoming the premier supplier of LNG as the environmentally friendly maritime fuel source of choice,” said Rob Mullins, Chief Executive Officer of VT Halter Marine.

“I am looking forward to developing a long-term relationship with VT Halter Marine and the ATB project is only the beginning. The cutting of this steel for America’s first LNG ATB bunkering vessel will pave the way for LNG to becoming the marine fuel of the future,” said Shane J Guidry, Chief Executive Officer of Q-LNG Transport.

The ATB Tug will have 5,100 horsepower, GE 6L250 MDC EPA Tier 4 main engines, with Z-drives, and dimensions of 128’ x 42’ x 21’. The barge is designed to carry 4,000 cubic meters of LNG, and will have dimensions of 24’ x 64’ x 32′.6″. The LNG ATB unit is designed to meet the requirements of American Bureau of Shipbuilding and the International Gas Carrier code as an LNG bunkering barge. Anticipated delivery of the first unit is in the first quarter of 2020.