VT Halter Marine launched the second Commitment Class ship, Taíno built for the Crowley Maritime Corporation (Crowley) on 4 December 2017 at its Pascagoula shipyard. Taíno is one of the world’s first container/roll on-roll off (ConRo) ships powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The launch of this vessel marks a new milestone in the transformation and modernisation of Crowley’s shipping and logistics services between Jacksonville, Fla., and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Taíno, like her sister ship, El Coquí, will be able to transport up to 2,400 twenty-foot-equivalent container units and a mix of nearly 400 cars and larger vehicles in the enclosed, ventilated and weather-tight RoRo decks. A wide range of container sizes and types can be accommodated, ranging from 20 foot standard, to 53 foot by 102 inch wide, high capacity units, up to 300 refrigerated containers. She will be going through the final construction and testing phase before joining EI Coqui in service in early 2018.
The LNG fuelled ships will reduce emissions significantly, including a 100-percent reduction in sulphur oxide (SOx) and particulate matter; a 92-percent reduction in nitrogen oxide (NOx); and a more than 35 percent reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) per container, compared to current fossil fuels.
VT Halter Marine was awarded the contract from Crowley to build two ConRo vessels, namely the Taino and El Coqui in November 2013. The ConRo vessels feature the latest systems technology for maximum safety, reliability, and powered by environmental-friendly LNG which sets a new standard in shipping.