PASCAGOULA — 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.
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.
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