General Dynamics NASSCO launched the first in a new class of cargo ships Saturday as the 870-foot-long “Lurline” slid into the waters of San Diego Bay.
The combination container and roll-on/roll-off vessel will transport containers, automobiles and other vehicles between the West Coast of the United States and Hawaii for the Matson shipping line.
“Matson’s customers in the Hawaii trade rely on us for dependable delivery of their goods, and these new Kanaloa-class vessels designed specifically for serving Hawaii will ensure we meet the highest standards of efficiency and reliability,” said Ron Forest, president of Matson.
The ship design incorporates liquefied natural gas-capable main and auxiliary engines, which are compliant with the latest emission requirements.
A second ship in the Kanaloa class, the Matsonia, is under construction and scheduled for delivery in 2020. NASSCO’s contract for the two ships is valued at over $500 million.
NASSCO is the only major shipyard on the West Coast designing, constructing and repairing ships for both the Navy and commercial customers.
In the past decade, the shipyard in Barrio Logan has delivered more than 30 ocean-going vessels, including the world’s first natural gas-powered container ships.
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