World’s 2nd LNG-Powered Containership Launched

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Perla del Caribe, a 764-foot long container ship is known to be the world’s largest dry cargo ship of its kind, to be powered by LNG.

The speciality of this totally LNG powered vessel is that it would reduce the particulate matter emission by 98% and reduce CO2 emissions by 72%, qualifying them as the world’s cleanest cargo carriers in the present times.

In December 2012, TOTE, a leading transportation and logistics company placed an order to General Dynamics NASSCO for the construction of two Marlin class LNG powered ships.

The launch and christening of TOTE’s Perla del Caribe took place on Saturday, August 29, at the company’s shipyard in San Diego.  The ship’s chief sponsor, Emma Engle, a third-generation shareholder of Saltchuk, and TOTE’s parent company, christened the ship with a traditional champagne bottle break over the ship’s hull. NASSCO employee, Alcinda Buirds pulled the trigger to release the ship into the San Diego Bay.

After Isla Bella, the first ship of its kind, entering the service, the ships will operate between Jacksonville, Florida, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Perla del Caribe is scheduled for delivery in Q1,2016.

Specifications:

Length

764 feet

Breadth

106 feet(Panamax)

Depth

60 feet

Design Draft

34 feet

Main Engine

Dual Fuel Slow Speed

Engine Model

MAN 8L70ME-C8 2GI

Speed

22 Knots

Capacity

3,100 TEU

Source: General Dynamics NASSCO

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