STURGEON BAY – Lower than two weeks after launching the primary Nice Lakes-destined freighter constructed on the Nice Lakes in nearly 40 years, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding introduced it reached an settlement to construct a second liquefied pure fuel (LNG) bunker barge for Polaris New Vitality.

The brand new ship can be a sister ship to the Clear Canaveral, an LNG bunker barge with an articulated tug which Bay Ship formally launched in late September and can ship to PNE this month.

Bunker barges are designed to ship and switch gasoline on to cruise ships, container vessels, bulk carriers, automobile carriers and tankers. This barge will carry 5,500 cubic meters of gasoline in 4 tanks and be 340 ft lengthy and 66 ft throughout.

A press launch asserting the settlement famous that demand for such barges is rising due to a motion within the maritime business towards transitioning to lower-carbon fuels by utilizing LNG to achieve greater ranges of sustainability. Greater than 400 new vessels going into use within the subsequent a number of years are anticipated to make use of LNG as their gasoline.

The information of the construct settlement got here on the heels of Bay Ship launching the Mark W. Barker, the primary U.S.-flagged, Nice Lakes freighter constructed on the lakes since 1983. The 639-foot freighter was constructed for Interlake Steamship Co., an Ohio-based agency that operates 9 ships on the lakes.

Polaris New Vitality is a maritime logistics firm established to fulfill the rising provide wants for LNG as a maritime gasoline supply. Polaris and its affiliate, PNE Marine Holdings, are subsidiaries of Northstar Terminals.

Contact Christopher Clough at 920-741-7952, 920-562-8900 or cclough@doorcountyadvocate.com.

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