‘Certificate of Inspection to World’s First LNG-Powered Container Ship’
The U.S. Coast Guard has joined in the maritime history surrounding Isla Bella, the LNG-fueled container ship delivered last week to Tote Maritime at the GD Nassco yard in San Diego. The ship is to enter the Puerto Rico trade, connecting Jacksonville, Fla. and San Juan.
The Coast Guard issued a certificate of inspection for Isla Bella this past Saturday – one day after the vessel was delivered (HHP Insight, October 16).
“The 736-foot, 3,100 TEU, U.S.-flagged vessel is the first container ship in the world capable of operating on liquefied natural gas,” states a Coast Guard release.
‘A Rigorous Set of Inspections’
“Vessels issued certificates of inspection have undergone a rigorous set of inspections to ensure they conform to U.S. laws and regulations that ensure the vessel has suitable structure, proper equipment and crew accommodations,” Lt. Cmdr. Kris Szczechowicz said in a release. He is chief of the prevention department at Coast Guard Sector San Diego.
“The Isla Bella is inspected under the U.S. Coast Guard’s Alternate Compliance Program, which is a voluntary alternate process for a U.S. registered vessel to obtain a certificate of inspection by complying with the standards of an authorized classification society, International Conventions and a U.S. Supplement,” he said.
On Its Way to the Canal
“This ship is a great American story of vision, innovation, hard work, and determination,” said Sector San Diego commander Capt. Jonathan Spaner. “The Isla Bella is the most environmentally friendly containership in the world today,” he said.
“With over 90% of all trade moving on the water, our involvement with this project will help to shape standards and regulations globally that advance the balance among commerce, security, and environmental sustainability. I congratulate everyone who played a part on this historic project.”
Isla Bella departed San Diego for the Caribbean this morning. Sister ship Perla del Caribe was launched on August 29.
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Source: U.S. Coast Guard with HHP Insight follow-up