Seaside LNG and Polaris New Energy christened the recently constructed 340'x66' LNG bunker barge Clean Everglades at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS) in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., last week.

The 5,500-cu.-meter ABS Oceans-classed ATB is fitted with four 1,375 CBM IMO Type C tanks. It will utilize a cargo handling system designed and developed by Wärtsilä.

The vessel is the sistership to the 5,500-cu.-meter LNG barge Clean Canaveral, which was delivered by FBS two years ago and has made more than 65 LNG bunker deliveries. The Clean Everglades is similar in design and appearance to the Clean Canaveral.

“The previous FBS-built LNG barge was delivered on schedule during the global pandemic, which was quite an accomplishment,” Jan Allman, FBS' vice president and general manager, said in a statement. “We are ready to deliver the Clean Everglades six weeks ahead of schedule."

FBS was contracted by Seaside LNG to build the LNG bunker barge. Seaside LNG has the largest fleet of Jones Act-compliant LNG barges operating in the U.S.

“Polaris New Energy is excited to continue to expand the LNG bunkering infrastructure in the United States,” said Tim Casey CEO of Seaside LNG. “The delivery of the Clean Everglades will give us the ability to expand our LNG bunkering business to the Gulf of Mexico. Partnering with the talented and professional staff at FBS has produced a second exceptional vessel.”