Second LNG ConRo ship delivered to Crowley

December 24, 2018. Crowley Maritime Corp. has taken delivery of the Taíno, second in a pair of the world’s first combination container roll-on/roll-off (ConRo) ships powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

   VT Halter Marine Inc., Pascagoula, Miss., delivered the Taíno recently and sistership El Coquí, which was delivered in July. Crowley says the two 720′, 26,500-dwt Commitment-class vessels will be “providing fast, reliable and environmentally friendly shipping and logistics services between Jacksonville, Fla., and San Juan, Puerto Rico,” a route the company has served since 1954.

   Crowley invested $550 million in the ships and associated port upgrades. Taíno is scheduled to make her maiden voyage to San Juan on Jan. 8 from Crowley’s dedicated U.S. mainland port at the Jacksonville Port Authority (JAXPORT), Jacksonville, Fla.

   Designed specifically for the Puerto Rico trade, the ships carry up to 2,400 20′ equivalent container units (TEUs) at a cruising speed of 22 knots. A range of other container sizes and types can be accommodated, including 53’x8.5’ boxes and up to 300 refrigerated containers. Enclosed and ventilated roll-on/roll-off decks accommodate around 400 cars and larger vehicles.

   Fueling the ships with LNG reduces emissions significantly, including a 100% reduction in sulphur oxide (SOx) and particulate matter (PM); a 92% reduction in nitrogen oxide (NOx); and a reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2) of more than 35% per container, compared with current fossil fuels. Working with Eagle LNG Partners, the ships are bunkered from a shoreside fuel depot at the JAXPORT facilities in Jacksonville.