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LNG-powered containership to be launched in San Diego

LNG Industry,

The world’s first LNG-powered containership is to be launched at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, California, for TOTE.

The event to christen and launch the containership will also commemorate NASSCO’s 100th ship launch. It will take place on Saturday 18 April 2015, from 8:00pm.

The ship’s sponsor, Sophie Sacco (wife of Michael Sacco, President of the Seafarers International Union of North America, AFL-CIO) will christen the ship with a traditional champagne bottle break over the ship’s hull. Fireworks will commence immediately upon the christening and launch of the ship.

The name of the ship will also be revealed during the ceremony.

As part of a two-ship contract signed in 2012 with TOTE, when completed the 764 ft long Marlin-class containerships will be the largest dry cargo ships in the world powered by LNG.

The vessels will operate on LNG, which will significantly decrease emissions while increasing fuel efficiency compared to conventionally powered ships. The LNG-powered ships will also include a ballast water treatment system, making them the greenest ships of their size.

Upon delivery in late-2015, the Jones Act-qualified ships will operate between Jacksonville, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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