General Dynamics to Build the First Natural Gas-Powered Containerships; Fred Harris Comments

Fred Harris

General Dynamics Corp. NASSCO has finalized a contract with TOTE Inc. to build the first liquefied natural gas-powered containerships in the world, according to an iStockAnalyst article.

The companies have agreed to build two 764-foot-long 3,100 TEU LNG-powered containerships expected to be the largest ships in the world. The contract also includes options for three additional ships.

“This project breaks new ground in green ship technology,” said Fred Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO.

“It adds to our design and production capabilities and validates our reputation as one of the nation’s leading shipyards for commercial and government new-construction shipbuilding.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2014 at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. The first ship will be delivered by the fourth quarter of 2015 and the second ship in the first quarter of 2016.

The double-hulled ships will operate between Jacksonville, Fla., and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering subsidiary DSEC will design the ships based on proven containership-design standards.

“We are very proud that this project will develop the new market in green ship technology,” said Young-Man Lee, DSEC president and CEO.

“This is a great opportunity to introduce total solutions for ship owners seeking economical and environment-friendly ships,” he added.

The LNG-powered containerships will include DSME’s patented LNG fuel-gas system and a MAN ME-GI dual fuel slow speed engine. The addition of a ballast water treatment system will make them the greenest ships of their size in the world.

NASSCO and DSEC have worked together on the design and construction of five state-class product tankers that currently operate in the U.S. Jones Act market.

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