Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Another Video to See Work in Progress on Combination Container Freight and RoRo LNG Vessels

Gas Powered ConRo Ships are Quarter of the Way to Completion
Shipping News Feature

US – The two liquefied natural gas (LNG)-powered ConRo vessels being constructed for the Crowley Maritime Corporation are reported as being 25% complete and the company has released a video to illustrate the progress so far. The ships, combination container freight and Roll On/Roll Off (RoRo) vessels, were featured in our story in November 2013 when Crowley placed the order with VT Halter Marine of Pascagoula, Mississippi.

Planned delivery for the vessels, to be named El Coquí and Taíno, are in the 2nd and 4th quarters of 2017 respectively and the Commitment Class, Jones Act ships will replace Crowley’s towed triple-deck barge fleet, which has served the trade continuously since the early 1970s. These new ships will offer customers faster ocean transit times, while accommodating the company’s diverse equipment selection and cargo handling.

Powered by LNG, the Crowley ships will set a new standard for environmentally responsible shipping. LNG is a stable gas that is neither toxic nor corrosive and is lighter than air. It is the cleanest fossil fuel available, netting a 100% reduction in sulphur oxide (SOx) and particulate matter, and a 92% reduction in nitrogen oxide (NOx). LNG also has the ability to significantly reduce carbon dioxide (CO2), a contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, as compared with conventional fossil fuels. VT Halter Marine President and CEO Jack Prendergast commented:

“The entire team is pleased and proud to be partnered with Crowley in the construction of these magnificent ships. It is a pleasure to see the hard work of the Crowley / Halter team come to fruition.”

The Commitment Class ships have been designed to maximize the carriage of 53-foot, 102-inch-wide containers, which offer the most cubic cargo capacity in the trade. The ships will be 219.5 metres long, 32.3 metres wide (beam), have a deep draft of 10 metres, and an approximate deadweight capacity of 26,500 tonnes. Cargo capacity will be approximately 2,400 TEUs, with additional space for nearly 400 vehicles in an enclosed Ro/Ro garage.

The ship design is provided by Wartsila Ship Design in conjunction with Crowley subsidiary Jensen Maritime, the Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm. John Hourihan, senior vice president and general manager, Crowley Puerto Rico/Caribbean liner services said:

“Week by week, we have watched the pair of Commitment Class ships begin to take shape. 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.”

The video of progress so far can be seen here.