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Matson Orders More LNG-Ready Ships

August 26, 2016 in LNG, Marine, vessel order by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Two 870-Foot ConRo Vessels for the Hawaii Trade

Matson and GD Nassco said yesterday that they’ve signed a $511 million contract for Nassco to build two additional LNG-ready container ships for Matson’s Hawaii service. The two 870-foot, 3,500 TEU, Kanaloa-class roll-on/roll-off vessels are slated for delivery at the end of 2019 and mid-2020.
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Tote’s Perla Joining Isla Bella In Florida

February 8, 2016 in LNG, Marine, Milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Plan Is to Go to Work Next Week on LNG Fuel

Tote Maritime’s Perla Del Caribe, the world’s second liquefied natural gas-fueled container ship, has traversed the Panama Canal and is steaming toward Jacksonville, where she is to arrive on Tuesday. There she will join Tote Maritime’s Isla Bella, the world’s second LNG-fueled container ship connecting Florida with Puerto Rico.
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Tote Takes Delivery of LNG-Fueled Perla

January 22, 2016 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine, Milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Dual Fuel Container Ship Is Second for the Puerto Rico Trade

Tote Maritime has taken delivery of the second of its new liquefied natural gas-fueled container ships – the 764-foot (233-meter) Perla Del Caribe was handed over by GD Nassco in San Diego today.
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Tote Perla del Caribe Gets Its First LNG

December 18, 2015 in LNG, Marine, Milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Delivery by GD Nassco Is Expected on or About January 22,
Early January for First LNG Bunkering of Isla Bella in Florida

General Dynamics Nassco is trumpeting the first liquefied natural gas bunkering for Perla Del Caribe, the second of two 764-foot Marlin-class container ships for Tote, Inc.
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Coast Guard Issues Isla Bella Certificate

October 21, 2015 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine, Milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

‘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.
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GD Nassco Delivers Tote’s First LNG Ship

October 16, 2015 in Companies, Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine, Milestones by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

MAN-Powered Isla Bella Is Destined for Jacksonville-San Juan Service
With Fuel in JaxPort to Be Provided by Pivotal LNG and WesPac Marine

Tote Maritime took delivery today of Isla Bella, the world’s first liquefied natural gas-fueled container ship, from GS Nassco in San Diego. Isla Bella, built according to a Korean design and ABS-classed with MAN Diesel & Turbo LNG-diesel dual fuel main engine and auxiliaries, will connect Jacksonville, Fla. and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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‘TOTE 2’ LNG Ship to Launch on Saturday

August 26, 2015 in Dual Fuel, Event/Meeting, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Sister Ship to the LNG Dual Fuel Isla Bella for the Caribbean

“TOTE 2,” the world’s second container ship built from the get-go for liquefied natural gas propulsion, will be launched at the GD Nassco shipyard in San Diego this coming Saturday evening, August 29.

TOTE 1 was christened Isla Bella and launched on April 18 (HHP Insight, April 19).

The two ships are destined for service with TOTE’s Sea Star Line connecting Florida and Puerto Rico, with Isla Bella going to work late this year.

'TOTE 2,' left, with the about-to-be-launched Isla Bella at the GD Nassco yard in San Diego on April 18, 2015. TOTE 2 is to be christened and launched this Saturday, August 29.

‘TOTE 2,’ left, with the about-to-be-launched Isla Bella at the GD Nassco yard in San Diego on April 18, 2015. TOTE 2 is to be christened and launched this Saturday, August 29.

Equal to 15,700 Cars

“The new ships, measuring the same length as two and a half football fields [764 feet], were constructed by local shipbuilders, will carry cargo exports between U.S.-owned ports, and will reduce particulate matter by 98% as well as carbon dioxide emissions by 72%, the equivalent of removing more than 15,700 cars from the road,” states a TOTE release – “making them the cleanest cargo-carrying containerships in the world.”

Mark Tabbutt, chairman of TOTE parent Saltchuk, said at the Isla Bella launch in April that his firm has invested $750 million in the two new Marlin-class ships and TOTE’s larger two Orca-class vessels, which were also built by GD Nassco. The Orca-class ships are to be converted to LNG dual fuel operation.

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Source: TOTE, Inc. with HHP Insight follow-up 

GD Nassco for Eight LNG-Ready Ships

May 20, 2015 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Construction Is Now Underway on Five LNG-Ready Tankers,
August 29 Slated for the Launch of Second LNG Ship for TOTE

San Diego’s GD Nassco has reported the start of work on an additional LNG-ready ship for American Petroleum Tankers and the first LNG-ready tanker for Seacor/Sea-Vista. Seacor has ordered three of the “Eco”-design ships while APT has ordered five.
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Clean Energy for the Isla Bella’s First LNG

April 29, 2015 in LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

Truck-to-Ship Bunkering in July for Sea Trials to Commence in August

Customer TOTE and shipbuilder GD Nassco are working with Clean Energy Fuels for Clean Energy to provide some 20 truckloads of liquefied natural gas for the first LNG bunkering of TOTE’s new Isla Bella.

Isla Bella has twin 900-cubic-meter LNG fuel tanks for a total capacity of about 465,000 gallons.

Isla Bella has twin 900-cubic-meter LNG fuel tanks for a total capacity of about 465,000 gallons. They are seen here being installed at the GD Nassco yard in San Diego.

Isla Bella, the first of two Marlin-class sister vessels that will connect Jacksonville, Fla. with San Juan, Puerto Rico, was launched by GD Nassco in San Diego on April 18 (HHP Insight, April 19). The 764-foot, 3,100-TEU Isla Bella, which is to enter commercial service with TOTE’s Sea Star Line late this year, is the world’s first container ship built to be fueled primarily with the clean domestic fuel.

20 Truckloads to Start

The initial LNG bunkering is slated for mid-July, to power sea trials commencing in August, says GD Nassco project manager Parker Larson. Approximately 20 truckloads of Clean Energy LNG is expected to make for a fill of about 45% of the vessel’s two tanks, he says.

Isla Bella has twin 900-cubic-meter LNG fuel tanks for a total capacity of about 465,000 gallons.

TOTE plans to use LNG to the extent possible for the voyage through the Panama Canal to Florida, says senior VP Pete Keller. Bunkering there will be truck-to-ship using a fleet of ISO containers from Applied Cryo Technologies – pending the building of a JaxPort liquefaction facility by WesPac Marine and Pivotal LNG (HHPi, April 17).

LNG Production in the California Desert

The launch of the second Marlin-class vessel for TOTE is expected in August.

Clean Energy Fuels, which was founded by T. Boone Pickens, is one of the foremost advocates – and providers – of LNG as a fuel for trucks in the United States. Among its production facilities is a 180,000-gallon-per day production facility in Boron, Calif.

Loading up with LNG in Boron, Calif.

Loading up with LNG in Boron, Calif.

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Source: HHP Insight interview

TOTE, Nassco Launch LNG-Fueled ‘Isla Bella’

April 19, 2015 in Dual Fuel, LNG, Marine by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

The World’s First LNG Container Ship Takes to the Water,
100th Vessel Built and Launched by GD Nassco in San Diego

TOTE, Inc. and shipbuilder GD Nassco celebrated the launch and christening of Isla Bella, the world’s first liquefied natural gas-fueled container ship and the largest dry cargo ship of any kind powered by LNG, in San Diego Saturday evening. updated April 20
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