A newly formed marine transportation company, Quality Liquefied Natural Gas Transport (Q-LNG), has signed a long-term contract with Shell Trading (US) to deliver LNG to ports in Florida and the Caribbean.
Q-LNG, which is 70 per cent owned by Harvey Gulf International Marine CEO Shane Guidry and 30 per cent owned by New Orleans-based Harvey Gulf, will own and operate assets that transport liquefied natural gas.
As part of the deal, Q-LNG will operate the first offshore LNG articulated tug barge (ATB) in the US, which will be built in Mississippi by VT Halter Marine in conjunction with Wärtsilä.
The ATB, which will have capacity for up to 4,000 cubic metres of LNG, will be 98.7 metres long and 19.5 metres wide and be pushed by a 39.0 metre x 12.8 metre tug.
“The strong safety culture developed at Harvey Gulf will be integrated into Q-LNG,” Mr Guidry said.