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TOTE concludes charter agreement for LNG-powered containerships

LNG Industry,

TOTE, Inc. announced an agreement today between its operating companies TOTE Shipholdings Inc. and Sea Star Line LLC on the charter of the two new Marlin Class vessels being built by TOTE Shipholdings at NASSCO in San Diego, California.

The new ships will be the first LNG-powered containerships in the world and are set to almost double the cargo capacity available to Puerto Rico each week. These will be the first ships with 53 ft container capacity under deck, expanding the services that Sea Star Line is able to offer its customers. The ships will also allow Sea Star Line increased cargo flexibility to meet the ever-changing needs of Puerto Rico.

Ben Christian, Project Manager at TOTE Shipholdings, said: “Improved technology and the use of LNG results in tremendous emissions reductions. “The new Marlin Class will reduce particulate matter by 98%, sulfur oxide emissions by 97%, carbon dioxide emissions by 72% and nitrous oxide emissions by 60%,” he added.

Setting new standards

Tim Nolan, President of Sea Star Line, said: “These ships will set new standards for safety and reliability in addition to their environmental benefits. We are proud to be the first company to operate LNG-powered containerships which will ensure a cleaner and safer environment for the people of Jacksonville and Puerto Rico as well as our employees.”

Hull 495, the first of the two ships, will enter the Puerto Rico trade in the fourth quarter of 2015. The second ship, Hull 496, will enter the trade in the first quarter of 2016.

Adapted from press release by Ted Monroe

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