Stars and stripes flag on the first gas propelled con-ro
Crowley takes delivery of first LNG-powered con-ro ship serving Puerto Rico built under the Jones Act
Crowley Maritime Corp. has taken delivery of El Coquí, claimed to be the world’s first con-ro ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), from VT Halter Marine Inc. shipyard in Pascagoula, Missisippi.
The vessel - named for the popular indigenous frog on the island of Puerto Rico - will make its maiden voyage to San Juan later this month from its dedicated U.S. mainland port.
Construction of sister ship Taino is underway for scheduled delivery later this year.
These vessels can reach a cruising speed of 22 knots being powered by a single dual fuel MAN 8S70ME-GI engine, developing 26,160kW at 91 rev/min and operating on LNG fuel, with LNG storage being in three 770m³ capacity tanks below deck
The new Crowley ships, built specifically to serve its trade between Jacksonville, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico, are 219.5 meters, 26,500 deadweight tons and able to transport 2,400 TEUs, 53’ containers, 300 reefer box and 400 cars (or trailers) in the enclosed, ventilated and weather-tight ro-ro decks.
“This delivery represents another milestone in our unwavering commitment to Puerto Rico and the Jones Act” said Tom Crowley, chairman and CEO. “We have dedicated significant time, effort and 550 million USD, to transform our Puerto Rico shipping and logistics services to world-class standards.”
“This is a thrilling time for the U.S. shipbuilding industry, as evolutions in LNG technology are providing a historic opportunity for American yards and the supporting industrial base to design, build and outfit some of the most technically-advanced and environmentally-friendly vessels that are the envy of the world” commented Matthew Paxton, president, Shipbuilders Council of America. “American skill and critical laws like the Jones Act, serve as the backbone of our industry and embolden innovation and investment in domestic shipbuilding”.
The Jones Act (also known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920) is a federal law that regulates maritime commerce in the United States, requiring goods shipped between U.S. ports to be transported on ships that are built, owned and operated by U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Crowley has served the Puerto Rico market from the 85-acre Isla Grande Terminal since 1954. Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 126-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company that provides marine solutions, energy and logistics services in domestic and international markets, operating under four business units: Crowley Logistics, Crowley Shipping, Crowley Fuels, Crowley Solutions.