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NASSCO launches new US-built LNG powered boxship

NASSCO launches new US-built LNG powered boxship
Set to rousing marching-band accompaniment, NASSCO celebrated the christening and launch of Perla del Caribe on Tuesday.

The vessel is the second in a series of US built, LNG-powered container vessels under construction for Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE).

Launched from NASSCO's slipway San Diego, California, the yard boasts that the new vessels will cut particulate matter by 98% compared with an HFO-powered ship, as well as recuding CO2 emissions by 72%, “the equivalent of removing more than 15,700 cars from the road”.

The vessel has also been credited with helping to fuel the US maritime industry and the estimated 500,000 men and women it employs.

“The launch of Perla del Caribemarks a momentous step forward for the future of US maritime, using green technology to ensure the products we deliver are transported safely and efficiently, all while using the most environmentally friendly mode of transportation,” said Tom Allegretti, chairman of the American Maritime Partnership (AMP).

A video of the event is available here.