El Coquí, First Commitment-Class Ship, Is Now in the Water,
New Eagle LNG Plant in Jacksonville Will Support ConRo Vessels
Crowley Maritime this week launched El Coqui, the first of its two liquefied natural gas-fueled Commitment-class cargo vessels, at the VT Halter shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. El Coquí is to be delivered for Caribbean service later this year and a sister ship, Taíno, in the first half of 2018.
The ConRo/combination container/roll on-roll off vessels will be powered by MAN Diesel & Turbo-design 8S70ME-C8.2-GI LNG-diesel dual fuel engines built by Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding in Japan (HHP Insight, March 20, 2016). El Coquí and Taíno will connect Puerto Rico with Florida.
(Already connecting San Juan and Jacksonville twice weekly are two LNG-fueled container ships operated by Tote Maritime. Tote’s Marlin-class ships have logged more than two years of service and have accounted for more than 1,500 trailer loads of LNG fuel; F&F, February 17).
‘A Very Momentous Week’
Crowley is also celebrating this week the delivery from Ireland of three new Liebherr gantry cranes at its new 900-foot terminal pier in San Juan – and delivery of two, 260-ton, 1-million-liter-capacity “Decinske Giant” cryogenic tanks from Chart Industries for the new Eagle LNG bunkering facility that will support the ships in Jacksonville.
It is, Crowley chairman and CEO Tom Crowley said in a release, “a very momentous week for Crowley and our Commitment-class project.”
El Coquí and Taíno will each be able to transport as many as 2,400 twenty-foot-equivalent container units (TEUs) and a mix of nearly 400 cars and larger vehicles in enclosed, ventilated and weather-tight Ro/Ro decks. They have been designed to travel at speeds of up to 22 knots.
A wide range of container sizes and types can be accommodated, Crowley says, ranging from 20-foot standard to 53-foot by 102-inch-wide high-capacity units, as well as up to 300 refrigerated containers.
Including the two new ships, the Eagle LNG production facility, and $130 million worth of improvements to the Isla Grande terminal in San Juan, Crowley is investing some $550 million in the Commitment-class project.
The company has launched a Commitment-class website with a special section on LNG.
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Source: Crowley Maritime with Fleets & Fuels follow-up