The first LNG bunkering facility on the US west coast is to be classed by ABS. The classification society will support Cryopeak LNG Solutions Corporation (Cryopeak) and Island Tug & Barge Ltd (ITB) which have jointly developed the design for a 4,000m3 articulated tug and barge, using one of ITB’s tugs to supply LNG for ships calling at US west coast ports.
President of ITB, Adrian Samuel, said: “ITB’s commitment to vessel modernisation has set the bar for operational and safety excellence in the marine transportation of petroleum products by tug and barge. Through our partnership with ABS and Cryopeak, we look forward to leveraging this success and to provide efficient and reliable solutions to the LNG bunker market in Western Canada and the US Pacific Northwest.”
Calum McClure, CEO of Cryopeak, added: “We are excited to have ABS as the classification society for this project. The marine industry is seeking solutions to enable the use of LNG as part of its journey to reduce emissions and lower fuel costs. This project delivers that and will enable vessels to adopt LNG as a cleaner alternative fuel.” The LNG bunker facility is expected to become available from 2023, the classification society said.