The second Marlin-class LNG-powered container ship under construction at NASSCO. Courtesy Tote
The second Marlin-class LNG-powered container ship under construction at NASSCO. Courtesy Tote

The world’s second container ship to be powered by liquefied natural gas is scheduled to be launched at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard near the end of this month, the shipbuilder announced Tuesday.

The Marlin-class vessel, and a similar one launched in April, will reduce particulate matter by 98 percent and carbon dioxide emissions by 72 percent — the equivalent of removing more than 15,700 cars from the road, according to NASSCO.

The LNG container ships were built for the shipping firm TOTE, which plans to use them for cargo runs between Jacksonville, FL, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. TOTE’s Seattle-based parent corporation, Saltchuk, last year purchased a fleet of 20 LNG trucks for its trucking subsidiary.

At the Aug. 29 launch ceremony at NASSCO — which is open to the public – – Emma Engle, a third-generation shareholder of Saltchuk, will christen the ship with a traditional champagne bottle break on the hull.

Alcinda Buirds, a 32-year NASSCO employee, will pull the trigger to release the ship into San Diego Bay.

Officials will also announce the vessel’s name during the ceremony, which begins at 7:30 p.m. and will feature a fireworks display.

— City News Service

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Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.