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Master Boat Builders Delivers Tug for Seaside LNG/Polaris New Energy

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March 19, 2024

Tortuga (Photo: Master Boat Builders)

Tortuga (Photo: Master Boat Builders)

Coden, Ala. shipbuilder Master Boat Builders on Monday announced it has delivered Tortuga, the latest tugboat to join Seaside LNG/Polaris New Energy fleet.

Tortuga will connect with the barge Clean Everglades, delivered from Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in 2023, to form a Jones Act compliant articulated tug and barge (ATB) for bunkering liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The new tug has an overall length of 109 feet and features two Caterpillar 3512E main engines, EPA Tier 4 certified and each producing 2,000 horsepower. The vessel also features two Berg model MTA 523 Z-drive thrusters and a JAK Beacon Finland coupler system.

Tortuga will operate out of Jacksonville, Fla. alongside sister vessel Polaris—also constructed by Master Boat Builders, and delivered in 2022

“Seaside LNG/Polaris New Energy is leading the way in LNG maritime distribution, with the largest LNG bunker fleet in the country. We are proud to partner with an innovative company at the forefront of providing clean, dependable, competitively priced fuel for the shipping industry and look forward to working with them in the future,” said Garrett Rice, president of Master Boat Builders.

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