First of Two Ships to Go into Dry Dock in December,
Conversion of the Pair to Be Completed in Early 2021
Tote Maritime plans to convert its two Orca-class containerships connecting Tacoma, Wash. and Alaska to liquefied natural gas-diesel dual fuel operation, starting at the end of this year and concluding in early 2021. Because of the need for the vessels to remain in service – they account for a large percentage of Alaska’s freight traffic – the company has opted to work on each ship in two stages.
“These ships can only be out of service for a limited length of time,” says Tote executive VP Pete Keller. “Lots of work to be done,” he told F&F.
The work will be done at British Columbia’s Seaspan Victoria Shipyards.
MAN Is Developing Engine Retrofit
Tote’s 839-foot North Star is to go into dry dock in December to be fitted with twin 1,100-cubic-meter (290,000 gallon) LNG tanks and related structures. Sister ship Midnight Sun will enter dry dock for its LNG tanks in December 2018.
North Star’s MAN Diesel & Turbo engines – four four-stroke units – will be converted for LNG-diesel dual fuel operation beginning in December 2019 with completion in early 2020. Midnight Sun’s engine upfit will take place one year later. Thus both ships will be able to operate on LNG by early 2021.
Learn All About Tote LNG at November’s HHP Summit
The LNG tanks, manufactured in China and fitted for the Tote ships by Keppel in Singapore, are in transit to Canada now, Keller says.
The cost of previous versions of Tote’s plan for the two Orca-class ship conversions was upwards of $80 million.
He’s slated to speak about the schedule for the Orca-class ships, the transition of two Marlin-class ships connecting Florida and Puerto Rico from shore-to-ship to ship-to-ship bunkering, and plans for four new “at least” LNG-ready ships for a new Hawaii service (F&F, August 25) at the Natural Gas | High Horsepower (HHP) Summit.
HHP Summit 2017 takes place November 6-9 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville.
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Source: Tote Maritime with Fleets & Fuels follow-up