Second LNG-powered Containership for Puerto Rico Trade Delivered
SAN JUAN – General Dynamics NASSCO delivered Saturday the world’s second containership to be operated by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the Perla Del Caribe. The ship was delivered two months ahead of schedule and is the sister ship of the world’s first LNG-powered containership, the Isla Bella, also built by NASSCO for TOTE Maritime.
“The Perla Del Caribe and the Isla Bella exemplify world-leading, innovative technologies being used to build ocean-going ships that are cost-effective, friendly to the environment and offer a competitive edge,” said Kevin Graney, vice president and general manager at General Dynamics NASSCO. “NASSCO shipbuilders are proud to have successfully built the world’s very first LNG-powered containerships.”
As part of a two-ship contract signed in December 2012 with TOTE, the 764-foot long Marlin Class containerships will be the largest dry cargo ships powered by LNG, making them the cleanest cargo-carrying ships in the world. The technology decreases emissions and increases fuel efficiency when compared to conventionally powered ships, “the equivalent of removing nearly 16,000 automobiles from the road,” according to the shipbuilder.
“The Isla Bella is already serving the people and communities of Puerto Rico and we are excited to introduce the Perla Del Caribe into the trade next month,” Anthony Chiarello, president and CEO of TOTE, said in a news release.
The Isla Bella was delivered to TOTE two months ahead of schedule in October. The ship has been operating between Jacksonville, Fla., and San Juan.