Celebrating shipbuilders and protecting the United States were the main messages as VT Halter Marine conducted a vessel naming ceremony for America’s first offshore Liquefied Natural Gas Articulated Tug and Barge (LNG ATB) unit on 16 September 2019.
The Q-LNG 4000 (barge) and the Q-Ocean Services (tug) were officially named in a ceremony with guests that included US Senator Roger Wicker, US Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith and US Representative Steven Palazzo, along with Mr Shane Guidry, CEO of Q-LNG, and Mr Tom Vecchiolla, President and CEO of ST Engineering North America.
“No other company has an ATB this close to delivery,” Mr Guidry said. “Q-LNG is focused and dedicated to deliver extremely safe transit to all the ports it will service, and we are committed to being a leader in the development of LNG infrastructure in the US and abroad.”
In November 2017, VT Halter Marine was awarded a contract by Q-LNG Transport to build the ATB LNG unit, which was announced as part of a long-term contract with Shell Trading (US) Company, to deliver LNG as a fuel source to various ports in Florida and the Caribbean. It will bunker Carnival Cruise Line’s two new dual-fuel ships and Siem Car Carriers’ two dual-fuel pure car truck carriers chartered by the Volkswagen Group to transport vehicles from Europe to North America.
Mr Vecchiolla said that the employees of VT Halter Marine directly contributed to national energy needs and national security.
“The significance of this vessel is that the shipbuilders of VT Halter Marine are delivering the next major development of the infrastructure for the cruise and commercial ship industries as they advance to cleaner and more efficient fuels. These professional and dedicated individuals have put their hearts and souls into building a vessel that will contribute to our nation for decades to come,” he said.