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LNG Bunker Barge—Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corporation partners with Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding to support Shell Trading (US) Company.

Background

Shell and Crowley have committed to reducing fuel emissions and are partnering with Fincantieri Marin Group to achieve their mission.

While research is still ongoing as to the ideal clean fuel, Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) is currently the leading commercially viable alternative to heavy fuel oil (HFO). Orders for LNG-powered ships are rising, with large cargo ships being the number one driver. Not surprisingly, the demand for LNG bunkering barges is also increasing.

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The Challenges

The Solution

Crowley Maritime Corporation partnered with Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding on the largest LNG bunkering barge built in the United States.

When complete, this 416-ft vessel will offer a capacity for 12,000 m3 (3.17 million gallons) of LNG. It will be the second LNG bunker barge Shell has added to its fleet under a long-term charter in the US.

“The new bunker barge will extend Crowley’s commitment to delivering cleaner, innovative solutions to help the shipping industry continue on the path to de-carbonization,” said Tucker Gilliam, Vice President of Crowley Shipping.

Timeline for LNG Bunkering Barge Delivery

Why Choose Fincantieri Marine Group?

Fincantieri has designed and constructed two large articulated tug-barges (ATB) for Crowley and was chosen to build this transformative vessel.

LNG Bunker Barge Experience and Expertise
“Our growing expertise and partnerships in the LNG transportation business are recognized by the industry and position us well in this growing market. We are pleased Crowley selected our team at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding to execute this important and highly visible project.” Todd Thayse, Vice President & General Manager of Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding.

The Crowley LNG bunker barge is the third Fincantieri has designed and constructed. Polaris New Energy’s Clean Canaveral had its inaugural run in March 2022. A second LNG bunker barge for Polaris New Energy is being built concurrently with Crowley’s.

Fincantieri Facilities
LNG bunker barges are built at the Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) in Sturgeon Bay, WI.

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding has climate-controlled manufacturing facilities allowing manufacturing to continue year-round, independent of weather conditions. The shipyard is equipped with a U.S. Navy-Certified Floating Drydock, a Graving Dock, ample Waterfront space, and lifting capacity to meet the most demanding requirement.

We recently completed a $250 million capital expansion plan, including updates and improvements for the FBS facility, including a new floating drydock, computer-aided manufacturing equipment, and climate-controlled manufacturing facilities.

FBS has the capacity to build additional LNG bunker barges in parallel with the existing order book.

The Outlook for LNG Bunkering Barges

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About Fincantieri Marine Group

Fincantieri Marine Group is the U.S. subsidiary of one of the world’s largest shipbuilders. Established in the late 1700s, Fincantieri is legendary for designing and building military vessels, highly specialized support vessels, ferries, cruise ships, and mega yachts.

Services include new construction, repair, maintenance, and conversions in state-of-the-art shipyards that operate year-round.

For more information about LNG bunkering barge construction contact:

Justin Slater
Director of Sales and Marketing
Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding
605 North 3rd Avenue
Post Office Box 830
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Office: 920-746-3373
Justin.Slater@us.fincantieri.com

Building on the successful delivery of the Clean Canaveral, Polaris New Energy Partners with Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding to build a second LNG Bunker Barge.

Background

90% of everything we consume is moved via the sea. However, the emissions from the combustion of heavy fuel oil (HFO)—primarily to power massive container ships—are significant. Legislation is driving the need to lower pollution through alternative fuels.

The recently proposed Clean Shipping Act of 2022 is targeting a 100% reduction in carbon intensity by 2040, with a progressive reduction starting in 2027.

While research is still ongoing as to the ideal clean fuel, Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) is the leading solution. It is estimated that 400 new vessels using LNG will be built worldwide over the next several years.

The Future for LNG and Alternative Marine Fuels

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The Challenges

The Solution

While still in the build phase of their first LNG bunker barge – Clean Canaveral, Polaris New Energy commissioned a second 5,500-cubic-meter LNG bunkering barge to expand their ability to bunker a wider variety of ships along the East Coast.

Tim Casey, Senior Vice President – LNG for Northstar, recognized the growing opportunity to deliver LNG to cruise ships, container vessels, bulk carriers, car carriers, and tankers.

“LNG is recognized as a clean, dependable, and competitively priced fuel for the shipping industry. The completion of this sister vessel to the Clean Canaveral further distinguishes Northstar’s capabilities to manage the last-mile logistics of LNG safely and effectively across the US coastline. The new capacity will provide unmatched reliability and flexibility in the current market and is the next step in our strategy to create a complete platform of LNG logistical solutions for marine customers.” ~ Tim Casey, Senior Vice President, Northstar.

Once again, Northstar’s Polaris New Energy partnered with Fincantieri due to our bunker barge design experience, strategic planning, ability to deliver on time—even during a pandemic, and ability to mitigate business risks.

Timeline for LNG Bunkering Barge Delivery

Tim Casey continued, “We’re excited to be moving forward on the second barge with Fincantieri. They proved to be the right partners to build the Clean Canaveral. Despite the global challenges of the last two years, they have performed above expectations, and we are confident that they’ll do the same with this second barge as they leverage their unmatched experience gained during the construction of the Clean Canaveral.”

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) is the primary commercial business unit of Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG) in the United States. FMG’s president and CEO, Dario Deste, offered the following on the contract announcement: “Our team at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding is once again showing why they are the U.S. market reference point for LNG bunkering vessels.”

The Outlook for LNG Bunkering Barges

Learn more about the outlook for LNG bunkering barges.

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Why Choose Fincantieri Marine Group?

LNG Bunker Barge Experience and Expertise
Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding is reinforcing its reputation for on time delivery in the emerging LNG Bunkering vessel market. Clean Canaveral had its inaugural bunkering in March 2022 and, based on this success, Polaris New Energy commissioned the constructing of a second bunkering barge. A third LNG Bunkering vessel is already under construction for Crowley.

Fincantieri Facilities
LNG bunker barges are built at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) in Sturgeon Bay, WI.

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding has climate-controlled manufacturing facilities allowing manufacturing to continue year-round, independent of weather conditions. The shipyard is equipped with a U.S. Navy-Certified Floating Drydock, a Graving Dock, ample Waterfront space, and lifting capacity to meet the most demanding requirement.

We recently completed a $250 million capital expansion plan, including updates and improvements for the FBS facility, including a new floating drydock, computer-aided manufacturing equipment, and climate-controlled manufacturing facilities.

FBS has the capacity to build additional LNG bunker barges in parallel with the existing order book.

About Fincantieri Marine Group

Fincantieri Marine Group is the U.S. subsidiary of one of the world’s largest shipbuilders. Established in the late 1700s, Fincantieri is legendary for designing and building military vessels, highly specialized support vessels, ferries, cruise ships, and mega yachts.

Services include new construction, repair, maintenance, and conversions in state-of-the-art shipyards that operate year-round.

For more information about LNG bunkering barge construction contact:

Justin Slater
Director of Sales and Marketing
Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding
605 North 3rd Avenue
Post Office Box 830
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Office: 920-746-3373
Justin.Slater@us.fincantieri.com

The largest US LNG Bunker Barge enters service in March 2022. It was built at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in Sturgeon Bay, WI.

Background

Legislation is driving the need to lower pollution through the use of alternative fuels. The Paris Agreement, the International Convention on the Prevention of Pollution from Ships treaty (MARPOL), the Clean Air Act, and the recently proposed Clean Shipping Act of 2022 all target Greenhouse Gas emissions reduction caused by Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO).

While research is still ongoing as to zero-carbon fuel options, Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) is currently the leading commercially viable low carbon solution. LNG offers a reduction of sulfur oxide, nitrogen oxide, and carbon dioxide as compared to HFO. The demand for an economical supply of LNG fueling is growing rapidly—and it is estimated that 400 new vessels using LNG will be built over the next few years.

The Future for LNG and Alternative Marine Fuels

Learn more about marine fuel emissions legislation.

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The Challenges

When NorthStar Midstream entered the LNG bunkering business in 2018, the first LNG bunker barge was not operational. They knew they were entering unchartered waters, with high potential business risks.

They wanted to transport LNG from JAX LNG (Jacksonville, FL) to Port Canaveral, FL (roughly 100 nautical miles) to fuel cruise ships (primarily the Disney Wish).

Anticipated Challenges

Unanticipated Challenges

The Solution

Northstar’s Polaris New Energy partnered with a company who has a reputation for reducing business risks due to its expertise in design, strategic planning, and ability to deliver on time—Fincantieri Marine Group.

Todd Thayse, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding’s Vice President and General Manager, said, “…we are excited to bring the expertise of Fincantieri, our bunker barge design knowledge, and our passion for delivering the highest quality, on-time products to the LNG market. The hard-working, proud women and men of Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding will once again provide the quality and eventual on-time delivery the maritime industry has come to know and expect from our shipyards.”

Benefits

The shipping industry’s rate of LNG adoption is high. Clean Canaveral is the third LNG Bunkering vessel built in the U.S.A. and the first LNG bunker barge built by Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding. As emission standards change, this number will only increase.

The proposed Clean Air Act legislation is targeting 100% reduction in carbon intensity by 2040, with a progressive reduction starting in 2027.

Results

The Clean Canaveral, only the third LNG bunkering barge in the U.S., was built on time during a pandemic and “as expected, performed very well during the bunkering process,” according to Tom Sullivan, Senior VP of Operations for Seaside LNG Holdings.

Tim Casey, Senior VP LNG for Northstar, said this about Fincantieri, “They [Fincantieri Marine Group] proved to be the right partners to build the Clean Canaveral. Despite the global challenges of the last two years, they have performed above expectations.”

Timeline for LNG Bunkering Barge Delivery

Download Clean Canaveral Specification Sheet

The Outlook for LNG Bunkering Barges

Learn more about the outlook for LNG bunkering barges.

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Why Choose Fincantieri Marine Group?

LNG Bunker Barge Experience and Expertise

With three LNG Bunkering Barges in serve or under construction Fincantieri shipbuilding is well positioned to support the growing trend towards LNG fueled ships in The U.S.A.

Clean Canaveral is already in operation in Florida and Fincantieri is the chosen partner of Crowley for future LNG Bunkering vessels.

“Our growing expertise and partnerships in the LNG transportation business are recognized by the industry and position us well in this growing market. We are pleased Crowley selected our team at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding to execute this important and highly visible project.” Todd Thayse, Vice President & General Manager of Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding.

Fincantieri Facilities

LNG bunker barges are built at the Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) in Sturgeon Bay, WI.

Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding has climate-controlled manufacturing facilities allowing manufacturing to continue year-round, independent of weather conditions. The shipyard is equipped with a U.S. Navy-Certified Floating Drydock, a Graving Dock, ample Waterfront space, and lifting capacity to meet the most demanding requirement.

FBS recently completed a $70 million capital expansion plan for the FBS facility, including multiple climate-controlled manufacturing facilities.

About Fincantieri Marine Group

Fincantieri Marine Group is the U.S. subsidiary of one of the world’s largest shipbuilders. Established in the late 1700s, Fincantieri is legendary for designing and building military vessels, highly specialized support vessels, ferries, cruise ships, and mega yachts.

Services include new construction, repair, maintenance, and conversions in state-of-the-art shipyards that operate year-round.

For more information about LNG bunkering barge construction contact:
Justin Slater
Director of Sales and Marketing
Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding
605 North 3rd Avenue
Post Office Box 830
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
Office: 920-746-3373
Justin.Slater@us.fincantieri.com

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