NASSCO to build first LNG containerships

05 Dec 2012
The vessels will be built at NASSCO's shipyard in San Diego. Photo: Ken Wright

The vessels will be built at NASSCO's shipyard in San Diego. Photo: Ken Wright

USA based shipbuilder, General Dynamics NASSCO, has finalised a contract with American group TOTE Inc, to build the world’s first LNG powered containerships.

Under the contract, NASSCO will design and construct two 3,100 teu LNG containerships, setting a new benchmark in green ship technology.

The company has joined forces with DSEC, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), which will design the ships based on containership design standards.

Fred Harris, president, General Dynamics NASSCO, said: “This project breaks new ground in green ship technology. Securing this contract has been a real team effort and will help sustain the jobs of the talented skilled tradesmen and women in our workforce.”

The vessels will operate on either fuel oil or LNG which will reduce emissions while increasing fuel efficiency.

They will be equipped with a ballast water treatment system. When completed, NASSCO says that the 764ft long containerships are expected to be the largest and greenest ships of any type in the world primarily powered by LNG.

The double hulled vessels, which will operate between Jacksonville in Florida and San Juan in Puerto Rico, will be built at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego.

Construction of the first vessel is scheduled to begin in 2014, with delivery expected in 2015. The second ship will be delivered in 2016. The contract also includes an option for three additional ships.

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