Matson, Philly Shipyard Mark ‘Aloha Class’ Milestone
Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI), the wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA, and Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, today marked a milestone in the construction of the first of two new "Aloha Class" containerships to be delivered to Matson in the third quarter of 2018 and first quarter of 2019, respectively. Designed specifically for Hawaii service, they will be the largest containerships ever built in the U.S. During today's ceremony in the dry dock where the first engine room section…
NASSCO Delivers Second LNG Containership
Fueled by liquefied natural gas, the Perla Del Caribe will join its sister ship, the Isla Bella, as the greenest containerships in the world. U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO today delivered the world’s second containership to be operated by liquefied natural gas (LNG), the Perla Del Caribe. The ship was delivered two months ahead of schedule and is the sister ship of the world’s first LNG-powered containership, the Isla Bella, also built by NASSCO for TOTE Maritime. “The Perla Del Caribe and the Isla Bella exemplify world-leading…
Korean Register Wins K-Award
Korean Register (KR) - an IACS member classification society – was selected as the very first recipient of the new ‘K-Award’ launched at the KORMARINE Conference 2015 in Korea. The ‘K-Award’ recognizes organizations or individuals for their achievements in the world’s shipping and shipbuilding industries. Under the theme ‘Green Technology, Green Opportunity’, the conference created an opportunity to raise awareness of eco-friendly technology by focusing on energy and environmental matters in the shipbuilding and marine industry.
TOTE: World's First LNG-Powered Containership Delivered
The culmination of a historic journey in U.S. shipbuilding history ended today with the announcment that General Dynamics NASSCO delivered Isla Bella, the world’s first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered containership, to TOTE Maritime. While TOTE has been making world headlines of late for the recent, tragic loss of its ship El Faro, the technical achievement of this new ship construction program is significant. The ship was delivered nearly two months ahead of schedule by NASSCO, and it is a part of a two-ship contract signed in December 2012 with TOTE. The 764-ft.
TOTE’s 2nd LNG Containership Launched
Shipping company TOTE and shipbuilder NASSCO on Saturday launched Perla del Caribe, the second of two Marlin Class ships – the first containerships in the world to be powered by natural gas. The christening and launch ceremony took place at General Dynamics NASSCO’s shipyard in San Diego. The 764-foot-long Perla del Caribe and sister ship, christened Isla Bella, are Jones Act vessels built for the Puerto Rican trade for TOTE Shipholdings and will be operated by TOTE subsidiary Sea Star Line out of Jacksonville, Fla.
First LNG Containership Receives ME-GI Engine
Late last month, NASSCO engineers placed the world’s first dual-fuel slow speed engine into the World’s First Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) powered containership. The ME-GI engine represents the next generation of technology that will open the door to a cleaner and safer shipping industry, particularly in the United States. Doosan Engine built the 8L70ME-C8.2GI under license from the designer MAN Diesel and Turbo. The engine weighs 539 tons. TOTE Shipholdings, Inc., a subsidiary of TOTE, is the first company to use these engines in their vessels.
TOTE’s Marlin Class Ships Enter Next Build Phase
The arrival of the world’s first dual-fuel slow-speed engine to General Dynamics’ NASSCO Shipyard marks the next phase of construction for TOTE’s Marlin Class vessels, projected by TOTE to be the world’s safest and cleanest containerships. Doosan Engine, under license from MAN Diesel and Turbo, delivered the first 8L70ME-GI engine. Earlier this year, Doosan completed the engine’s Factory Acceptance Tests, a culmination of months of testing to ensure compliance with U.S. regulations and restrictions.
Green-ship Certification Center Opens in Korea
Announced in 2012 as the world’s first green-ship equipment certification center, The Korean Register – an IACS member class society, and founding partner in the project –announced that the center has opened for business earlier this month in Gunsan, Jeonbuk, Korea. Costing a total of $29.4 million (30 billion won), the new center will test, evaluate and certify green-ship equipment. Fully supported by Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, the center will also carry out joint research and development projects focusing on green-ship technology…
NASSCO’s Parker Larson on All Things Shipbuilding
When we caught up with NASSCO’s Parker Larson in December, he had only just been promoted to Director of Commercial Programs at the sprawling San Diego, Calif. shipyard. Previously NASSCO’s Program Manager for Commercial Contracts, he no doubt played a large role in the recent high profile deals won by NASSCO, in particular the two 3,100 TEU LNG-powered containerships for TOTE, Inc. Additionally, he was responsible for design, planning, and construction of over $1 billion in commercial new construction work at NASSCO that includes four 50…
Matson, Aker Ink Shipbuilding Deal
Matson Signs Contract With Aker Philadelphia Shipyard For Two New "Aloha Class" Containerships, First Ship To Be Named The Daniel K. Inouye. Matson, Inc., a U.S. carrier in the Pacific, announced today that its subsidiary, Matson Navigation Company, Inc., has signed a contract with Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Inc. (APSI) to build two new 3,600 TEU containerships for an aggregate price of $418 million. The new vessels will be equipped with dual fuel engines that have liquefied natural gas (LNG) capability and are expected to be delivered in the third and fourth quarters of 2018.
TOTE Goes Gas
Last month U.S. ship owner Tote Inc. shocked the maritime community in ordering the world’s first LNG-powered containerships; in one fell swoop energizing the U.S. shipbuilding sector. On the occasion of this historic contract, top executives from TOTE, NASSCO and MAN spoke to Maritime Reporter & Engineering News to weigh in on the deal’s significance. In recent decades, particularly in the large commercial ship niche, it is fair to say that the U.S. has not been a world force.
NASSCO, TOTE: Historic Deal to Build World's First LNG Powered Containership
Historic deal in U.S. General Dynamics NASSCO finalized a contract with TOTE, Inc., for the design and construction of two 3,100 TEU LNG-powered containerships, setting a new benchmark in green ship technology. When completed the 764-ft.-long containerships are expected to be the largest ships of any type in the world primarily powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). Construction of the first containership is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2014, with delivery to occur by the fourth quarter of 2015; the second ship will be delivered in the first quarter of 2016.
Fuel-Saving New Tidal Model of Malacca Straits
A new high-resolution tidal model for the Malacca and Singapore Straits will potentially save ships thousands of dollars in bunker fuel costs. Simulations have shown that transit time savings of between three and 12 per cent can be made depending on vessel type, speed and tidal phase. The high-resolution (up to 800m) Malacca and Singapore Straits commercial tidal model, developed by applied oceanography specialist Tidetech, is the first of its kind in this region and addresses one of the major needs of the 60…
Noboru Ueda's achievements at IACS
ClassNK Chairman and President, Noboru Ueda, served as Chairman of the Council of the International Association of Classification Societies from July 2010 until June 2011. In so doing, he became the fourth ClassNK chairman to complete a term at the head of IACS since the association was founded in 1968. Noboru Ueda set three important goals for his tenure at the helm of IACS - to complete the transition to a more transparent and robust IACS structure and restate IACS commitment to the European Commission…