NASSCO delivers world's first Gas-powered containership to TOTE
As part of a two-ship contracts, the 764-foot-long Marlin-class containerships will be the largest dry cargo ships powered by natural gas MAN engines, with outputs of 25,191 kW each, making them the cleanest cargo-carrying ships anywhere in the world. This groundbreaking green ship technology will dramatically decrease emissions and increase fuel efficiency when compared to conventionally-powered ships.
The delivery of this historic ship also demonstrates successful collaboration between industry and regulatory bodies. TOTE, MAN Diesel & Turbo, NASSCO, the American Bureau of Shipping and the U.S. Coast Guard worked hand in hand from the beginning of the project to the delivery of Isla Bella. This included collaboration during the design approval, construction and commissioning the ship to safely and effectively operate on natural gas.
The Jones Act-qualified ships will operate between Jacksonville, Fla., and San Juan, Puerto Rico.