Crowley Maritime Corp. and subsidiary Jensen Maritime, the company’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm, were recently honored with the 2019 Significant Boat of the Year Award during the International Workboat Show in New Orleans.

This award recognizes the company’s industry-leading combination container/roll on-roll off (ConRo) ships, MV El Coquí and MV Taíno, the first of their kind to be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). According to the statement, Workboat’s recognition of the ConRos as top among its annual Significant Boats honorees marks the first time that the award has been presented to a large, oceangoing container vessel.

Rob Grune, senior vice president and general manager, Crowley Shipping, “The award for Crowley’s LNG-powered ConRos comes on the heels of the successful closeout of our US$550 million investment to transform the way we service our cargo shipping and logistics customers.

“These innovative vessels, the first of their kind to be powered by LNG, have greatly expanded the company’s US-flag cargo fleet and allow us to provide our customers with safe, reliable, fast cargo transportation services. They are a source of pride for us and for the men and women who designed, built and crew them.”

Wärtsilä’s ship design team worked together with contributions from the Crowley/Jensen teams to successfully develop the Commitment Class vessels from the keel up to meet the specific needs of Crowley’s customers shipping cargo between the US mainland and Puerto Rico, the ships’ dedicated trade under the Jones Act. Crowley claims both vessels were built in the US at VT Halter Marine shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi, with onsite construction management by Crowley, and were delivered in July and December 2018.