PASCAGOULA — VT Halter Marine has laid the keel for the first of two liquefied natural gas-powered combination container roll-on/roll-off ships for long-time customer Crowley Maritime Corp.
A ceremony took place Wednesday at the Pascagoula yard.
Traditionally, the keel laying marks the ceremonial beginning of the ship’s construction. The keel forms the backbone of a ship and is the first part of the vessel to be constructed.
The new Commitment-class ship is designed to maximize the carriage of 102-inch-wide containers, which offer the most cubic cargo capacity in the trade.
The ship has an approximate deadweight capacity of 26,500 metric tons. Cargo capacity will be approximately 2,400 TEUs with additional space for nearly 400 vehicles.
The two vessels will be built at the Pascagoula facility, with deliveries scheduled for mid- and late-2017.
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