General Dynamics NASSCO said that the launching ceremony of the world’s first LNG-powered containership built for TOTE is scheduled for April 18 at its San Diego shipyard.
The name of the ship will be revealed during the ceremony, NASSCO informed in a statement, revealing it will also be its 100th ship launch.
As part of a two-ship contract signed in 2012 with TOTE, the 764-foot long Marlin-class containerships will be the largest dry cargo ships of any kind in the world powered by liquefied natural gas.
The vessels will operate on LNG, significantly decreasing emissions while increasing fuel efficiency as compared to conventionally-powered ships. The LNG-powered ships will also include a ballast water treatment system.
Upon delivery in late-2015, the Jones Act-qualified ships will operate between Jacksonville, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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