Crowley Maritime Corp. has announced that VT Halter Marine Inc., a subsidiary of VT Systems Inc., has started construction on the second of two LNG-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ships for the company’s liner services group.
VT Halter Marine and Crowley entered into a contract for the ships in November 2013. The first steel plate cutting on the second ship, Taino, too place in Pascagoula, Mississippi, US. A similar ceremony took place for the first ConRo, El Coqui, when its construction began in October 2014.
John Hourihan, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Puerto Rico liner services, said: “This is a momentous occasion in the history of the company and in the Commitment Class build program […] Like our customers, we have been waiting with great anticipation for construction to begin on the Taíno, and we look forward to the day in the near future that they will begin service between the US mainland and Puerto Rico. These new ships embody superior technology, and will offer enhanced performance and safety while setting new standards for environmentally responsible shipping.”
The main propulsion and auxiliary engines on the Commitment Class ships will be fuelled by LNG. The ship design was provided by Wartsila Ship Design in conjunction with Crowley subsidiary Jensen Maritime.
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 provide LNG vessel design and construction management; transportation; product sales and distribution, and full-scale, marine solutions.
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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