LNG-fueled containerships in deal
Keppel AmFELS in Brownsville will build two new LNG fueled containerships for Pasha Hawaii. The Honolulu-based based company is in the process of finalizing contract specifications. This may also include an option to order two additional vessels.
According to a press release from the Port of Brownsville, the new vessels operate fully on LNG, therefore reducing environmental impact and increasing fuel efficiency. Other energy-efficient components include a state-of-the-art engine and optimized hull form, as well as an underwater propulsion system. The system includes a high-efficiency rudder and propeller.
“From the start, (Keppel) went above and beyond and worked closely with us in customizing a vessel design that matched our requirements,” says George Pasha IV, president and CEO of Pasha Hawaii. “Their experience in LNG vessel conversions will also prove to be very valuable as we build LNG dual-fueled vessels for the Hawaii trade.”
Delivery of the first vessel is expected for the first quarter of 2020. The second vessel will be complete in the third quarter.