‘The use of LNG as fuel in US defines a major change for the shipping industry, since the use of this fuel pollution to the environment is reduced by a large percentage, so that the whole world will benefit from the use of this product,’ Panama Canal Authority (ACP) vp of operations Esteban Saenz said.
The vessel was built at a cost of $350m, she has 232 m long and is capable of carrying 3,100 teu. By switching to LNG vessel it reduces nitrogen oxide emissions by 98%, sulphur dioxide 97%, carbon dioxide and 76%.
The Isola Bella will enter service in the fourth quarter of 2015 from Jacksonville, Florida and San Juan, Puerto Rico. A second vessel Marlin-class will be launched in the third quarter of 2015 and enter service in the first quarter of 2016.