The agreement with shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, California, represents a major technological milestone in international shipping. The shipping line has options for three more vessels for additional domestic service.
Described by TOTE as “the most environmentally friendly containerships in the world”, the vessels will have a CO2 emissions-per-container that is 71% less than ships currently on the Puerto Rican trade. Particulate Matter will be reduced by 99%, sulphur oxides by 98% and nitrogen oxides by 91%.
With a draught of 10 m, the design of the 231 m long, 3,100 teu Panamax vessels accommodates five times more 53-foot containers than current ships in Puerto Rico. They will include expanded volumes of reefer equipment.
With a speed of 22 knots, they 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 surpass the requirements of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s clean air regulations.
Anthony Chiarello, President and CEO of TOTE, said, “This investment demonstrates our commitment to the people of Puerto Rico and our environment. These vessels mark a new age of shipping using the best technology in the world.\”