TOTE Shipholdings and Sea Star Line have signed an agreement to charter the first Marlin Class LNG containerships in the world.
The vessels will nearly double the cargo capacity available to Puerto Rico every week and will be the first ships with fifty three foot container capacity under deck expanding the services that Sea Star Line is able to offer current customers. The new vessels, being built by TOTE at NASSCO in San Diego, CA will also allow Sea Star Line to have more cargo flexibility.
”Improved technology and the use of LNG result in tremendous emissions reductions” noted Ben Christian, Project Manager at TOTE Shipholdings. “The new Marlin Class will reduce particulate matter by 98 percent, sulfur oxide emissions by 97 percent, carbon dioxide emissions by 72 percent and nitrous oxide emissions by 60 percent.”
Tim Nolan, President of Sea Star Line added “These ships will set new standards for safety and reliability in addition to their environmental benefits. We are proud to be the first company to operate LNG-powered containerships which will ensure a cleaner and safer environment for the people of Jacksonville and Puerto Rico as well as our employees.”
Hull 495, the first ship, will be deployed in Puerto Rico in the fourth quarter of 2015 and the second, Hull 496 will enter trade at the start of 2016.