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TOTE, Inc. announced on December 4, 2012, it has committed to the construction of two new state-of-the-art container ships for the Puerto Rico trade, with options for three more vessels for additional domestic service.
The agreement with General Dynamics NASSCO represents a major technological milestone in international shipping.
The vessels will be the most environmentally friendly containerships in the world with CO2 emissions-per-container that are 71% less than the vessels now in the Puerto Rican trade. Particulate Matter will be reduced by 99%. Sulfur oxides will be reduced by 98%. Nitrogen oxides will be reduced by 91%. The 3100 TEU vessels are expected to be the largest ships of any kind in the world powered primarily by liquefied natural gas (LNG). Both ships will be powered by dual-fuel LNG engines that greatly surpass the requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s clean air regulations.
General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, California will build the vessels, with construction expected to sustain 600 American shipyard jobs in Southern California. The first two vessels will be delivered and enter service between Jacksonville, FL and San Juan, PR in 2015 and 2016.
Comment: I once stumbled upon a Study on LNG-fuelled ships greenhouse effect, which according to the Study, is to be 10 times more negative, than effect produced by presently used heavy fuels. The Study was published by one not too well-known website. I didn’t copy it, nor did I save the link. I failed to find the Study later. How does it correlate with all that “green” and “save the planet” crap, I wonder? Are the shipbuilders saving the planet, or themselves from crisis? Are the major ship owners dreaming of green planet, or of rivals going bankrupt?