Senators to Mattis: Block buy best way to add two new carriers; Icebreaking tug will be first vessel with Wärtsilä HY hybrid solution

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ABS to class LNG bunkering ATB on order at VT Halter Marine
December 19, 2017 — Q-LNG, LLC, has selected ABS to class its recently ordered LNG bunkering Articulated Tug Barge (ATB). The vessel is scheduled to begin construction at shipbuilder VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula, Mississippi, in early 2018. The LNG bunker barge, with 4,000 cubic meters LNG capacity, will be owned and constructed by Q-LNG while the operations will be handled by New Orleans-based Harvey Gulf International Marine. The barge will be chartered by Shell, and will supply necessary LNG fuel to cruise vessels throughout the Southeast Coast of the U.S.

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Senators to Mattis: Block buy best way to add two new carriers
U.S. Senators Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., were joined by 15 Senators in sending a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis expressing their support for the Pentagon’s pursuit of a block buy for two Gerald R. Ford class aircraft carriers in FY2019.
Icebreaking tug will be first vessel with Wärtsilä HY hybrid solution

A 36 m Robert Allan Ltd. design TundRA 3600-H class icebreaking escort tug under construction at Spain’s Gondan Shipbuilding will be the first vessel in operation with a Wärtsilä HY hybrid power solution.
Crowley Maritime names Ketra Anderson VP of SSQE

Crowley Maritime Corporation has named Ketra Anderson Vice President of Safety, Security, Quality and Environmental Stewardship (SSQE), replacing Paul Manzi, who has been named Vice President of the company’s new Alaska Tankers group.
Marcon fixes 3,900 mile tow

Marcon International, Inc. recently fixed the tow of the 400.3′ x 106.3′ x 28.3′ depth heavy lift crane barge Pacific Lifter from Tuxpan, on Mexico’s East Coast, to Ensenada, on Mexico’s Pacific Coast.