Special event to christen and launch the world’s first LNG-powered containership built by General Dynamics NASSCO for TOTE is announced for April 18, 2015.
The ceremony will also commemorate NASSCO’s 100th ship launch.
The ship’s sponsor, Mrs. Sophie Sacco—wife of Michael Sacco, president of the Seafarers International Union of North America, AFL-CIO—will christen the ship with a traditional champagne bottle break over the ship’s hull. Fireworks will commence immediately upon the christening and launch of the ship.
The name of the ship will also be revealed during the ceremony.
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 (LNG).
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.
Upon delivery in late-2015, the Jones Act-qualified ships will operate between Jacksonville, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
General Dynamics NASSCO is the only major shipyard on the West Coast of the United States conducting new construction and repair.
As a complement to its government new construction business segment, NASSCO maintains an extensive history of commercial shipbuilding. In the past decade, NASSCO delivered eleven commercial ships and currently has ten commercial ships in its backlog, including the two Marlin Class containerships for TOTE. For its commercial work, NASSCO partners with South Korean shipbuilding power, DSME, for access to state-of-the-art ship design and shipbuilding technologies.