TOTE: construction on LNG-powered vessels progresses
The arrival of the world’s first dual-fuel slow-speed engine to General Dynamics’ NASSCO’s Shipyard marks the next phase of construction for TOTE’s Marlin Class vessels, projected to be the world’s safest and cleanest containerships.
Doosan Engine, under license from MAN Diesel and Turbo, delivered the first 8L70ME-GI engine. Earlier this year, 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.
“The Marlin class vessels, powered by Doosan’s dual-fuel engine, will provide the most modern and reliable service available” stated Anthony Chiarello, President and CEO of TOTE. “These ships will increase shipping capacity, reduce air emissions, and ensure a cleaner environment for workers and port communities.”
In addition to the engines, two 900 cubic meter tanks, manufactured by Cryos, were delivered. These massive stainless steel cryogenic tanks weigh 380 tons each and will store liquefied natural gas aboard the Marlin ships.
“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 Program Manager for the TOTE Marlin Class, Eric Icke. The first vessel is nearly 40 percent complete and the start of construction on 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.
“These vessels are the largest investment in our company’s history” said Denise Tabbutt, one of the three sisters who are primary shareholders in TOTE’s parent company, Saltchuk Resources. “We have a tremendous amount of confidence in the NASSCO team . . and we are lucky to have such incredible partners.”
Press Release, July 16, 2014; Image: TOTE