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General Dynamics NASSCO launches first LNG-powered containership

On Saturday 18 April in San Diego, General Dynamics NASSCO launched the 764-foot (233m), 3100 TEU Isla Bella, the first LNG-powered containership. The containership, part of a two-ship contract, was built for TOTE, a leading logistics and transportation company. When delivered, the ships will be the cleanest of their kind and size.

Launch ceremony. Click to enlarge.

The main engine is a MAN dual-fuel slow-speed 8L70ME-C8.2-GI , with maximum power output of 25,191 kW (33,782 hp) @ 104.0 rpm.

The Marlin-class containerships will be the largest dry cargo ships of any kind in the world powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). The LNG-powered ships will also include a ballast water treatment system, making them the greenest ships of their size.

Upon delivery in late-2015, the Jones Act-qualified ships will operate between Jacksonville, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Earlier this month, NASSCO signaled the start of construction of a third “ECO” tanker to be built for American Petroleum Tankers as part of a five-tanker contract at a steel cutting ceremony at NASSCO’s San Diego-based shipyard.

Each of the five 50,000 deadweight ton product carriers to be constructed by NASSCO will be LNG-conversion ready and will carry 330,000 barrels of cargo. With a specialized ECO design, the tankers are more energy efficient and incorporate environmental protection features, including a Ballast Water Treatment System.


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