Crowley Maritime Corp. has announced that it recently reached an important milestone with the setting of the main engine onto El Coquí, the first of two new, Commitment Class ConRo (combination container and Roll/On-Roll/Off) ships that will be powered by LNG for use in the ocean cargo trade between Jacksonville and Puerto Rico.
The engine was placed using a series of heavy lifts by 500 t cranes in the shipyard of VT Halter Marine, a subsidiary of VT Systems Inc., where El Coquí and its sister ship, Taíno, are under construction.
John Hourihan, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Puerto Rico services, said: “This state-of-the-art engine technology will add efficiency while continuing to reduce impacts on the environment, one of Crowley’s top priorities […] Utilising this green technology is just another way we are demonstrating our commitment to the people of Puerto Rico, our customers and the environment. It also bears mentioning that neither of these ships, which have been design specifically for the Puerto Rico trade, gets built without the Jones Act – a federal statute that provides for the promotion and maintenance of a strong American merchant marine.”
Jose ‘Pache’ Ayala, Crowley Vice President, Puerto Rico, added: “Customers will not only be able to experience the same reliable and dedicated service they have with Crowley today, but also will have the added benefit of lower emissions once these two ships join the Crowley fleet […] Crowley is making a significant investment in the Puerto Rico trade to provide faster transit times while continuing with the ability to carry and deliver the containers, rolling cargo and refrigerated equipment our customers count on.”
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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