Crowley Maritime Corp. has announced that the construction of its first two LNG-powered combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships is now 25% complete. The company has released a video describing the progress of the ship construction and the benefits of LNG.
The El Coquí and Taíno ships are currently under construction at VT Halter Marine Inc., a subsidiary of VT Systems Inc.
The main propulsion and auxiliary engines on the ships will be fuelled by LNG. The ship design is provided by Wartsila Ship Design in conjunction with Crowley subsidiary Jensen Maritime.
Crowley said that designing, building and operating LNG-powered vessels is in line with its overall EcoStewardship© positioning and growth strategy. The company formed an LNG services group earlier this year to bring together its resources to provide LNG vessel design and construction management; transportation; product sales and distribution, and full-scale, project management solutions.
“Week by week, we have watched the pair of Commitment Class ships begin to take shape,” said John Hourihan, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Puerto Rico/Caribbean liner services. “It’s been incredible to watch. Once fully constructed, these new vessels will embody superior technology and construction and, while we are anxious to get them into service for our partners in Puerto Rico, we are thrilled that they are coming together on schedule.”
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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