Weighing in at 250,000 pounds, this tank built with U.S. steel is the first of its kind for Lockheed Martin and has transitioned from the assembly line to the shipyard for integration with the Wärtsilä LNG propulsion system. It will be installed in Harvey Gulf’s LNG-powered OSV currently under construction at Gulf Coast Shipyard Group in Gulfport, Miss.
“We are very pleased with the relationship we are building with Lockheed Martin during this process. Our commitment to help our country become energy independent is clear. We will continue to be the leader in bringing low cost service solutions to our clients,” said Harvey Gulf Chairman and CEO Shane Guidry.
This is the first in a series of cryogenic tanks Lockheed Martin will produce in support of expanding use of LNG tanks for marine applications and land-based storage. “We are constantly looking for ways to innovate and leverage proven advanced technologies in different industries,” commented Vincent Sica, vice president at Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions.
Leveraging technology and experience from the manufacturing of NASA’s space shuttle external tanks, Lockheed Martin expects interest for cryogenic tanks to increase as the LNG market segments continue to mature and the infrastructure is placed to support the safety of operating, transporting and bunkering of cryogenic fuels.
Source: Lockheed Martin