NASSCO launches first LNG-powered containership

General Dynamics NASSCO said it has launched the Isla Bella, the world’s first LNG-powered containership. 

The containership, part of a two-ship contract, was built for TOTE.

As part of a two-ship contract signed in 2012 with TOTE, when completed the 764-foot long Marlin-class containerships will be the largest dry cargo ships of any kind in the world powered by liquefied natural gas, the company said in a statement.

The vessels will operate on LNG, which will significantly decrease emissions while increasing fuel efficiency as compared to conventionally-powered ships.

The LNG-powered ships will also include a ballast water treatment system, making them the greenest ships of their size anywhere in the world, NASSCO added.

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