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Jensen Maritime develops LNG bunker barge concepts

Jensen Maritime, a division of Crowley Maritime, has developed two new, liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunker barge designs that can be fully customized, according to a company statement.

The first concept involves outfitting an existing barge with an above-deck LNG tank. This concept can be further modified to accommodate more than one type of product, if a customer has a need for multiple liquid transfers. Jensen says the advantage of this design includes a fast turnaround and a reduced need to invest in specialized assets if a customer has short-term LNG requirements.

The second concept is for a purpose-built, new bunker barge. Offering higher carrying capacity and visibility, the design features a larger LNG tank that sits inside of the barge. This new barge will also feature the latest safety features and efficiencies.

"We understand that customers have very different needs when it comes to LNG," said Johan Sperling, vice president. "Whether LNG is required for the long or short term, or in larger or smaller quantities,

Jensen has a bunkering solution. We are proud to continue leading the way with LNG marine solutions."

Jensen Maritime says the bunker barges could be a boon for a maritime industry that is currently struggling with the decision over which to develop first – LNG infrastructure or vessels. The company asserts the barges could serve those who have LNG needs at ports not located near an LNG terminal or as an alternative to over-the-road transportation.

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