World’s ‘first’ LNG containership launched

21 Apr 2015
The world's first LNG-powered container ship, 'Isla Bella', has been launched

The world's first LNG-powered container ship, 'Isla Bella', has been launched

‘Isla Bella’, said to be the world’s first LNG-powered containership has been launched by owner TOTE.

By switching to LNG, TOTE says it’s reducing NOx emissions by 98%, SOx by 97%, carbon dioxide by 72% and particulate matter by 60% in the Puerto Rico trade.

During the launch, the completion of the first of two Marlin Class containerships also built by General Dynamics NASSCO, was also celebrated. The Marlin Class vessels are said to be the first cargo ships in the world to run on natural gas.

“Building the Marlins has been about change as well as bold and innovative thinking. NASSCO and our other partners have enabled us to build these ships that reflect our commitment to the environment and doing what is right,” said Anthony Chiarello, president and CEO, TOTE.

In addition to their improved environmental profile, TOTE says the Marlin vessels will represent a new standard in safety and the company’s long-term commitment to the people of Puerto Rico.

The Isla Bella will enter service in the fourth quarter of 2015 between Jacksonville, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The second Marlin Class vessel will be launched in the third quarter of 2015 and will enter service in the first quarter of 2016.

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