PASCAGOULA, Mississippi — Shipbuilder VT Halter Marine has started work on the first of two liquefied natural gas-powered container vessels for Crowley Maritime Corp.
VT Halter first announced the $350 million contract last November. The beginning of construction was marked by a steel-cutting ceremony Wednesday.
VT Halter officials say in a news release that the new vessels are designed to maximize the carriage of 102-inch-wide containers, which offer the most cubic cargo capacity in the trade/
Cargo capacity will be approximately 2,400 TEUs (20-foot-equivalent-units), with additional space for nearly 400 vehicles.
The main propulsion and auxiliary engines will be fueled with environmentally-friendly LNG.
Delivery of the two vessels is scheduled for mid and late 2017.