Crowley Orders World’s First LNG-Powered ConRo Vessels

Jacksonville, Florida-based Crowley Maritime Corporation on Monday announced that it has placed groundbreaking order for a pair of LNG-powered RoRo-containerships, becoming the latest in a growing list of U.S. operators opting for clean burning LNG in the Jones Act market.

Crowley said it has signed a contract with VT Halter Marine of Pascagoula, Mississippi to build two of the world’s first LNG-powered ConRo ships to provide Jones Act service between the United States mainland and Puerto Rico.

The so-called Commitment Class vessels are designed to travel at speeds up to 22 knots, carry containers ranging in size from 20-foot standard to 53-foot-long units, and hundreds of vehicles in enclosed, weather-tight car decking. The ships, to be named El Coquí (ko-kee) and Taíno (tahy-noh), are scheduled for delivery in second and fourth quarter 2017 and will replace Crowley’s towed triple-deck barge fleet, which has served the trade continuously since the early 1970s.

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