In October 2015 Marine Petrochemical Transport LLC (MPT), conducted model testing of the ATB design created by Naviform Consulting and Research Ltd, in Potsdam Germany.
The ATB design, which is owned by American Patriot Holdings LLC (APH), will have application for liquid Oil and Chemical transport, and includes up to ten segregations. The 210,000 Barrel vessel will be outfitted with stainless steel or epoxy coated tanks, or a combination of both, and will transit at speeds greater than 13 knots in a sea state up to 5. The planned design includes a diesel electric plant consisting of four (4) diesel generators (2880 kw ea) driving two (2) main azimuthing drives and a bow pump, and will be able to dock and undock under its own power without the need for assist tugs.
The design has a patented bow configuration which contributes to the vessels speed but also significantly dampens the relative motion between the barge and the tug. The relative motion reduction of 50% is a major benefit in reducing crew fatigue.
The same ATB hull design is also planned to be built as a dry bulk carrier with cargo capacity up to 50,000 DWT.