Master Boat Builders Inc. (MBB) said recently it would build a new 4,000-hp ATB tug for PNE Marine Holdings LLC. The new tug is the sistership to Polaris, which was delivered to Polaris New Energy LLC earlier this year. 

“Master Boat Builders is humbled by the vote of confidence from Polaris New Energy to request construction of a sister ship to Polaris, which was delivered earlier this year,” Garrett Rice, president of Master Boat Builders, said in a statement.

The sistership to Polaris will be coupled with a barge currently under construction at Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding to form a Jones Act-compliant articulated tug-barge (ATB) to help bunker the cruise ship industry’s new LNG-powered ships in Port Canaveral, Fla. The tug is expected to be delivered to PNE Marine in 2023.

No additional specifications were provided.