Suitability of Liquid Natural Gas Fuel for River Tender Recapitalization
COAST GUARD NEW LONDON CT NEW LONDON United States
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The Inland Waterways and Western River Aids to Navigation Cutter IWWRAC project will recapitalize Coast Guard Inland Aids to Navigation ATON assets consisting of River Buoy Tenders WLR, Inland Buoy Tenders WLI and Inland Construction Tenders WLIC. In this REACT report, the Coast Guard Research and Development Center evaluates the suitability of using Liquefied Natural Gas LNG fuel on these new assets. Since formal requirements for the new assets are currently being developed, RDC moved forward assuming the new acquisitions would be similar to the existing WLR in manning, physical size, horsepower, and fuel usage. Based on these derived requirements RDC investigated the suitability of LNG from multiple perspectives including cost, availability, equipment availability, and regulation as applied to small vessels such as the WLR. This report contains the results of the investigation and recommendations for the use of LNG.