NASSCO Delivers Second ‘Green’ LNG-Powered Containership

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The Perla Del Caribe during seal trials off San Diego. NASSCO photo

General Dynamics NASSCO delivered the Perla Del Caribe, the world’s second liquefied natural gas-powered containership, on Friday, two months ahead of schedule.

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Perla Del Caribe and its sister ship, the Isla Bella delivered in October, were built for TOTE Maritime for service between Jackonsville, FL, and Puerto Rico.

“The Perla Del Caribe and the Isla Bella exemplify world-leading, innovative technologies being used to build ocean-going ships that are cost-effective, friendly to the environment and offer a competitive edge,” said Kevin Graney, vice president and general manager at General Dynamics NASSCO.

“NASSCO shipbuilders are proud to have successfully built the world’s very first LNG-powered containerships,” he added.

The two 764-foot long Marlin Class containerships will be the largest dry cargo ships powered by liquefied natural gas, making them the cleanest cargo-carrying ships in the world.

Since 2005, NASSCO has delivered twelve commercial ships and currently has seven vessels in its backlog. The company also builds auxiliary and support ships for the U.S. Navy.

The shipyard in Barrio Logan is the largest on the West Coast.

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