Crowley Maritime Corporation partners with Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding to support Shell Trading (US) Company.
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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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.
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.
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.
Learn more about the outlook for LNG bunkering barges.
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:
Director of Sales and Marketing
Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding
605 North 3rd Avenue
Post Office Box 830
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235