Wärtsilä to design LNG container ship

05 Dec 2013
The vessels will be among the first LNG-powered, American flagged, container Ro-Ro vessels

The vessels will be among the first LNG-powered, American flagged, container Ro-Ro vessels

Wärtsilä is to supply the engineering scope for the initial, basic and production designs for a series of two LNG-powered container Ro-Ro vessels.

Wärtsilä’s WSD CRV 2400 WB design enables the vessels, which are being built by VT Halter Marine for Crowley Maritime Corporation, to carry conventional 20ft and 40ft containers.

Each 219.5m Ro-Ro will also be capable of carrying special 45ft and 53ft wide body high cube containers developed for the American market.

Rick Zubic, vice president, business development, VT Halter Marine, said: “This vessel design raises the bar for merchant shipping, not only for US flagged ships, but globally. We are proud to be taking this bold step in bringing environmentally viable designs to the market, with Wärtsilä as a key partner.”

When built, the vessels will be among the first LNG-powered, American flagged, container Ro-Ro ships.

They will operate between Jacksonville, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico on a weekly rotational basis.

Wärtsilä says because of the recently established Emission Control Area (ECA) along the eastern seaboard of the US, low emission, reliability and appropriate transit speed were primary considerations in the design process.

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