VT Halter Marine Inc., a subsidiary of VT Systems Inc., has begun construction on the first of two LNG-powered, combination container roll-on/roll-off (ConRo) ships for Crowley Maritime Corp.’s liner services group.
VT Halter Marine and Crowley entered into a contract for the LNG-powered ships in November 2013. Construction has now started with the first steel plate cutting in Pascagoula, Mississippi, USA.
The Commitment Class ships will be 219.5 m long x 32.3 m wide (beam), have a deep draft of 10 m, and an approximate deadweight capacity of 26 500 t. Cargo capacity will be approximately 2400 TEUs with additional space for nearly 400 vehicles in an enclosed Ro/Ro garage.
LNG will fuel the main propulsion and auxiliary engines. Designing, building and operating LNG-powered vessels is in line with Crowley’s overall EcoStewardship© positioning and growth strategy. The company formed an LNG services group earlier this year to bring together the company’s extensive resources to provide LNG vessel design and construction management; transportation; product sales and distribution, and full-scale, project management solutions.
The ship design is provided by Wartsila Ship Design in conjunction with Crowley subsidiary Jensen Maritime.
Bill Skinner, CEO, VT Halter Marine, said: “VT Halter Marine is pleased and excited to announce the first steel plate cut which launches the official start of construction for these new LNG ConRo ships. These vessels signify how important the Jones Act is to Americans employed in the marine industry. We are most grateful for Crowley’s continued confidence in VT Halter Marine.”
Adapted from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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