Crowley Milestone

Major milestone in our Con-Ro project with Crowley Maritime

The keel for the second Commitment Class LNG-powered, combination container – Roll-On/Roll-Off (ConRo) ship for Crowley Maritime Corp was laid in the end of August, at ship-builder VT Halter Marine, Inc.’s facility in Pascagoula.

The keel laying ceremony marked the next step in the construction of Crowley’s two Commitment Class ships, which will exclusively serve the U.S.-Puerto Rico trade lane.

“The keel laying marks the ceremonial beginning of the construction and formation of the backbone of a ship,” said Crowley’s Todd Busch, senior vice president and general manager, technical services. “Today’s event symbolizes how far we’ve come in delivering on our commitments to our customers in Puerto Rico. We are very excited to continue the construction process for these technically advanced ships.”

Wärtsilä Ship design entered into a contract with VT Halter Marine for the pair of Jones Act ships for Crowley Maritime in November 2013, and construction of the second ship began with steel cutting in Pascagoula on May 27, 2015. With the first section set in place, the ship will now begin to take shape as it is built around the keel.

The first ship’s keel laying took place in January 2015.

The Commitment Class ships have been designed to maximize the carriage of 53-foot, 102-inch-wide containers, which offer the most cubic cargo capacity in the trade. The ships will be 219.5 meters long, 32.3 meters wide, and an approximate deadweight capacity of 26,500 metric tons. Cargo capacity will be approximately 2,400 TEUs with additional space for nearly 400 vehicles in an enclosed Roll-on/Roll-off garage.

These new ships, which will be named El Coquí and Taíno , will offer customers fast ocean transit times, while accommodating the company’s diverse equipment selection and cargo handling flexibility – benefits customers have enjoyed for more than 60 years.  El Coquí and Taíno are scheduled for delivery during the second and fourth quarter 2017 respectively.

Powered by LNG, the Crowley ships will set a new standard for environmentally responsible shipping.

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