06 March 14

Construction of ‘first’ LNG containership begins

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Construction of the world’s ‘first’ LNG-powered containership began at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard last week.

TOTE Inc’s new Marlin Class will reduce sulphur dioxide emissions by 98%, particulate matter by 99%, nitrous and carbon dioxide by 71% over TOTE’s vessels currently operating in Puerto Rico.

“These ships will be the most advanced, environmentally progressive vessels of their kind,” said Duncan Hunter, chairman of the House Subcommittee, Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation.

“They also represent US$350m in US investment, 600 American shipyard jobs, and the bright future of the indispensable domestic maritime industry,” he added.

The Marlins, which will home port in Jacksonville, Florida, will enter service in late 2015 and early 2016.

LNG for the containerships will be provided by Pivotal LNG and WesPac Midstream, who TOTE recently entered into an agreement with.


Source: GreenPort