General Dynamics NASSCO completes LNG fuelling of Perla Del Caribe

20 December 2015 (Last Updated December 20th, 2015 18:30)

General Dynamics NASSCO has completed bunkering of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for the container ship Perla Del Caribe, at its shipyard in San Diego.

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General Dynamics NASSCO has completed bunkering of liquefied natural gas (LNG) for the container ship Perla Del Caribe, at its shipyard in San Diego.

Perla Del Caribe received 210,000 gallon of LNG from California-based Clean Energy and Baker Hughes and Envent.

The vessel is the world’s second containership fuelled by LNG, following its sister ship Isla Bella, which was built by NASSCO and dispatched in October.

Perla Del Caribe happens to be the second of the two Marlin-class containerships built at NASSCO for Jones Act shipping company Tote Maritime.

"This represents another milestone amongst many in the advancement of green, environmentally-friendly ship technology."

The 764ft ship is the longest dry cargo ship propelled by LNG. It surpasses Isla Bella in its capacity.

General Dynamics NASSCO director of commercial programmes Parker Larson said: "This represents another milestone amongst many in the advancement of green, environmentally-friendly ship technology.

"This effort in particular demonstrates successful collaboration between industry and several regulatory entities, laying the groundwork for comparable green projects in the future."

Following its delivery in the first quarter 2016, Perla Del Caribe will follow Isla Bella for its trade route between Jacksonville, Florida, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Clean Marine Energy is building North America’s first LNG bunker barge to serve Perla Del Caribe and Isa Bella.

Construction began in September at Conrad Industries’ Orange Shipyard in Texas, and the barge is scheduled to be launched in February 2016.


Image: Marlin-class ship Perla Del Caribe. Photo: courtesy of General Dynamics NASSCO.