Unionized shipbuilders at General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego will build two 3,100 TEU liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered containerships, with an option for up to three more.
Commissioned by TOTE, Inc., they will operate in the Jones Act trades. Among other things, the vessels are notable for their emphasis on green technology. With delivery dates set for the fourth quarter of 2015 and the first quarter of 2016, the 764-foot-long vessels are expected to be the largest containerships in the world primarily powered by LNG.
Praising the MTD-affiliated Boilermakers and Machinists who work at the yard, General Dynamics NASSCO President Fred Harris said, “This project breaks new ground in green ship technology. It adds to our design and production capabilities and validates our reputation as one of the nation’s leading shipyards for commercial and government new-construction shipbuilding. 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 significantly decrease greenhouse emissions while increasing fuel efficiency as compared to conventionally powered ships. They will include a ballast water treatment system. The double-hulled ships are scheduled to operate between Jacksonville, Fla., and San Juan, P.R.