General Dynamics NASSCO launched the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered containership at a ceremony at the company’s shipyard in San Diego, Saturday 18th April. The 233 metre, 3100 Isla Bella is being built for TOTE, a transportation and logistics company.
As part of a two-ship contract signed in December 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 LNG.
This ground-breaking green ship technology will dramatically decrease emissions while increasing fuel efficiency as compared to conventionally powered ships. The ships will also include a ballast water treatment system, making them the greenest ships of their size anywhere in the world.
Upon delivery in late 2015, the Jones Act-qualified ships will operate between Jacksonville, Florida, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
For its commercial work, NASSCO partners with South Korean shipbuilding power, DSME, for access to state-of-the-art ship design and shipbuilding technologies.
NASSCO is the only major shipyard on the West Coast of the United States conducting new construction and repair.
(Source: General Dynamics NASSCO)