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January 8, 2020

Crowley's LNG-powered ships are honored

Photo provided by Crowley Maritime Corp. [enlarge]
The ship El Coqui is powered by liquefied natural gas.

Crowley Maritime Corp. and subsidiary Jensen Maritime, the company's Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm, were honored with the 2019 Significant Boat of the Year Award at the International Workboat Show in New Orleans, Crowley said in a press release.

It said the award recognizes its combination container/roll on-roll off (ConRo) ships, MV El Coqui and MV Taino, the first of their kind powered by liquefied natural gas, which reduces emissions.

A ship design team from Wartsila worked with contributions from the Crowley/Jensen teams to produce the Commitment Class vessels to meet the needs of Crowley's customers shipping cargo between the U.S. mainland and Puerto Rico. Both ships were built at VT Halter Marine shipyard in Pascagoula, Mississippi, with on-site construction management by Crowley, and were delivered in 2018.

The ConRo ships carry up to 2,400 20-foot-equivalent container units at a cruising speed of 22 knots — providing transit times of just over two days. An enclosed roll-on/roll-off garage has capacity for 400 vehicles and other rolling stock.

Rob Grune, senior vice president and general manager for Crowley Shipping, said the vessels have greatly expanded the company's U.S.-flag cargo fleet “and allow us to provide our customers with safe, reliable, fast cargo transportation services.”

Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of Crowley Maritime Corp., is a privately held company that provides marine solutions, energy and logistics services.

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