First Marlin-Class Vessel for Caribbean Said 40% Complete
General Dynamics’ Nassco shipyard in San Diego has taken delivery of the liquefied natural gas fuel tanks and 8L70ME-GI dual fuel engine by MAN Diesel and Turbo for the first of two 764-foot Marlin-class container ships being built for Tote for the Florida-Puerto Rico trade.
“The first vessel is nearly 40% complete,” Tote said this week. First steel was cut in February (HHP Insight, February 25). Construction of the second Marlin vessel in late May “means the shipyard and its more than 3,000 skilled workers will be in full swing to ensure delivery of the Marlins in late 2015 and early 2016.”
Korea’s Cryos for Twin LNG Fuel Tanks
Korea’s Doosan Engine, under license from MAN Diesel and Turbo, delivered the first 8L70ME-GI engine. Earlier this year, Tote says, Doosan completed the engine’s Factory Acceptance Tests, a culmination of months of testing to ensure compliance with U.S. regulations and restrictions. Tote is the launch customer of the ME-GI engine, a significant advancement in propulsion technology.
Two 900-cubic-meter LNG tanks, manufactured by Korea’s Cryos, were previously delivered. The stainless steel cryogenic vessels weigh 380 tons each. They will be able to hold a combined 475,000 gallons of LNG.
‘Landmark in the Era of Green Ship Technology’
“The arrival of the dual-fuel main engine and LNG tanks at the Nassco shipyard marks a milestone in the lead ship construction as well as a landmark in the era of green ship technology,” said Nassco Tote Marlin program manager Eric Icke said in the engine delivery announcement.
“These ships will increase shipping capacity, reduce air emissions, and ensure a cleaner environment for our workers and port communities,” said Tote president and CEO Anthony Chiarello.
Tote has chosen Pivotal LNG and WesPac Midstream to supply LNG fuel for the Marlin class ships in Jacksonville, Fla. (HHPi, February 6).
Tote and Affiliates Are Active in Northwest LNG Too
Tote is also getting ready to convert two 839-foot container ships, the Midnight Sun and North Star connecting Alaska and Washington State, to LNG-diesel dual fuel operations, replacing their current engines with 50DF units from Wärtsilä – four 12-cylinder engines per ship (HHPi, February 18).
Tote is a unit of Tacoma, Wash.-based Saltchuk. This week HHPi sister publication Fleets & Fuels reported that Saltchuk’s trucking subsidiary Interstate Distributor has ordered 20 new LNG-fueled Kenworth T680 tractors from a dealer in California for service in California and Washington State.Contact information is only available to premium subscribers. Click here to purchase a premium subscription.
Source: Tote, Inc. with HHP Insight follow-up