Launch of TOTE 1, aka Isla Bella, on April 19, 2015. Photo: NASSCO
General Dynamics NASSCO is getting ready for the launch of the second of two LNG-powered containerships being built for TOTE Maritime.
The launching ceremony will be held next Saturday (August 29) at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego and is open to the public.
The launch of ‘TOTE 2’ follows the successful launch of the Isla Bella in April during a ceremony that drew thousands of spectators.
The two ship’s, part of TOTE’s Marlin-class, will be the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered containerships in the world and used to provide Jones Act shipping services from Jacksonville, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico. TOTE’s contract with NASSCO includes options for up to five ships total, but so far only the two ships are planned.
Delivery of the Isla Bella is expected for the Q4 2015, followed by the second ship in the Q1 2016. The vessels will operate under charter agreements with Sea Star Line LLC.
By switching to LNG, TOTE says that the vessels will be the most environmentally-friendly containerships in the world, reducing NOx emissions by 98 percent, SOx by 97 percent, carbon dioxide by 72 and particulate matter by 60 percent in the Puerto Rico trade.
As was the case with the Isla Bella, the name of TOTE 2 will be unveiled at the launch.
For those of you interested in attending the launch ceremony, check out the NASSCO website for details.
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