TOTE’s LNG-Powered Containerships Take Home ‘Next Generation Shipping’ Award

An artist’s rendering of new TOTE ships. Image: General Dynamics NASSCO
An artist’s rendering of new TOTE ships. Image: General Dynamics NASSCO

TOTE Maritime’s LNG-powered containerships have been awarded the 2013 ‘Next Generation Shipping’ award at Nor-Shipping.

With a focus on innovation, the Next Generation Ship Award honors the most promising design for ships that will be at sea in the coming decade. The award is given to the ship project demonstrating the greatest advances in design, as assessed with respect to energy efficiency, innovation, suitability and flexibility, technology utilization, safety and security, and environmental sustainability.

TOTE ordered two of the 3,100 TEU ships from General Dynamics NASSCO in December 2012, marking the world’s first order for LNG-powered containerships. Once completed in 2015 and 2016, the 764-foot ships will be largest vessels to be primarily powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG).

The new ships will be constructed at NASSCO’s shipyard in San Diego and designed by DSEC, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) in South Korea. The design is based on proven containership-design standards and will include DSME’s patented LNG fuel-gas system and a MAN ME-GI dual fuel slow speed engine. The new ships will operate¬†in the U.S. Jones Act market¬†between Jacksonville, Fla., and San Juan, P.R.

The double-hulled vessels will operate on either fuel oil or gas derived from LNG, which will significantly decrease emissions while increasing fuel efficiency as compared to conventionally-powered ships.The LNG-powered containerships will also include a ballast water treatment system, making them the greenest ships of their size in the world, with CO2 emissions-per-container that are 71% less than the vessels now in the Puerto Rican trade. Particulate Matter will be reduced by 99%, Tote estimates, while sulfur oxides will be reduced by 98% and nitrogen oxides will be reduced by 91%.

Construction of the first containership is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2014, with delivery of the first ship expected by the fourth quarter of 2015. The contract with NASSCO includes options for an additional 3 ships.

Other nominees for the Next Generation Shipping award included the Norled ZeroCat, an aluminum car ferry that uses lightweight construction and electric power to reduce energy consumption by more than half compared to conventional ferries; the Edda Ferd, a PSV featuring a new propulsion concept including diesel generator sets with variable rpm and hybrid propulsion; and the B.Delta, a new set of energy efficient, new generation standard bulker designs developed by Deltamarin.