Korean Reports Delivery of Engineering Service
And the ‘Total Cargo Handling Equipment Package’
For Barge to Fuel Tote’s Pioneering Container Ships
Korea’s Gas Entec reports the successful delivery of engineering services and a “total cargo handling equipment package” for a new barge that will be based in Jacksonville, Fla. and used to transfer liquefied natural gas fuel to two container ships operating in the Caribbean. The barge was ordered by Clean Marine Energy in early 2015.
The CME bunker barge, Clean Jacksonville, is a world first. It is now being completed at the Conrad Orange Shipyard in Texas, was launched early last year (HHP Insight, March 23, 2016).
GTT Structural Membrane for LNG Containment
The barge has a “Mark III Flex” structural membrane containment system for 2,200 cubic meters of LNG (approximately 580,000 gallons) designed by Paris-based Gaztransport & Technigaz. GTT also designed the vessel’s “Reach4” LNG transfer arm (HHP Insight, July 29, 2015), being built at the Conrad yard.
The package from Korea, Gas Entec says, includes a whole barge electrical system, IAS/integration automation service, ESDS/emergency shut-down system, and a field measuring package with level gauging, custody transfer and measurement, SSCLS/ship-to-ship communication link system, and a fire and gas detection system.
Competing with Global Players
It is “remarkable,” states a Gas Entec release, that the “small Korean engineering firm has supplied [the] main engineering service and equipment on the world’s first small-scale membrane LNG bunkering vessel.”
The firm says it’s proven that it can compete in the competitive solution in an LNG vessel automation sector “which has been dominated by global companies.”
The Clean Jacksonville LNG bunker barge is expected to be delivered in this first quarter of 2017. It will be loaded at the new Jax LNG shoreside facility in Jacksonville, a joint project of CME and WesPac Midstream.
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Source: Gas Entec (Korea) with Fleets & Fuels follow-up