McAllister to operate LNG ATB for Polaris New Energy

(NEW YORK) — McAllister Towing LNG Services will serve as technical manager for the Polaris New Energy liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering operation in Florida, operating the articulated tug-barge (ATB) Polaris/Clean Canaveral.

Polaris is a 4,000-horsepower tug fitted with a JAK-400 coupling system being built at Master Boat Builders. The tug will be married to Clean Canaveral, a 5,500-cubic-meter capacity barge being built at Fincanteri Bay Shipbuilding.

Capt. Steven Kress, vice president of operations for McAllister, believes that this endeavor further demonstrates McAllister’s commitment to safeguard the environment by expanding upon its LNG experience in Cove Point, Md., and Jacksonville, Fla.

“We are honored that Polaris New Energy has recognized McAllister’s reputation for quality and safety, through our robust QSM system,” he said. “We look forward to operating this brand-new ATB, safely and efficiently servicing Polaris’s customers.”

Marino Hwang has been named general manager of McAllister Towing LNG Services. Hwang, marine compliance manager for McAllister Towing, has more than 20 years of experience in marine transportation and held various leadership roles at K-Sea Transportation and Kirby Offshore Marine before joining McAllister.

“It is a tremendous privilege to partner with Polaris New Energy and its affiliated companies to manage and operate the Polaris/Clean Canaveral,” he said. “LNG is a clean fuel alternative and its use as a marine fuel is expanding. McAllister is equipped and ready to be a part of this emerging industry.”

Polaris New Energy is the marine bunkering subsidiary of Seaside LNG Holdings, a subsidiary of Northstar Holdco Energy focused on the production and delivery of LNG as a clean transportation fuel. Northstar is a diversified logistics company providing services to the North American energy industry.

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Lng Rendering

Rendering of the LNG barge Clean Canaveral. Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding photo

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