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he green ship technology bar has been raised. General Dynamics NASSCO has finalized a contract with TOTE, Inc., for the design and construction of the world’s first LNG-powered containerships. The ships will go to TOTE, Inc. subsidiary TOTE Shipholdings, Inc. The two 3,100 TEU LNGpowered ships will measure 764 ft long, making the pair the largest ships of any type to be primarily powered by liquefied natural gas. The vessels will be designed by DSEC, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), Busan, South Korea, and will include
DSME’s patented LNG fuelgas system and MAN ME-GI 8L70ME-GI dual fuel slowspeed engines. The MAN ME-GI is a gasinjection, dual-fuel, low-speed diesel engine that, when acting as main propulsion, can burn gas or fuel oil at any ratio, depending on the energy source available on board and dictated by relative cost and owner preference. Beyond operating on dualfuel, the ME-GI engine features no methane slip and has been proven to significantly reduce CO2, NOx and SOx emissions. Furthering its green initiative, the containerships will also come equipped with a ballast
water treatment system. Once delivered, the vessels will operate between Jacksonville, FL and San Juan, PR. “This investment demonstrates our commitment to the people of Puerto Rico and our environment,” says Anthony Chiarello, President and CEO of TOTE, Inc. “These vessels mark a new age of shipping using the best technology in the world.” Construction on the first ship is expected to begin at NASSCO’s San Diego shipyard in the first quarter of 2014, with delivery following fourth quarter 2015. Delivery of the second ship is scheduled for the first quarter of 2016.
biz NOTES KIRBY CoRp. ACQUIRES pENN MARITIME Kirby Corporation, Houston, TX, has acquired Penn Maritime Inc. and Maritime Investments LLC, in a deal valued at $295 million. Penn Maritime operates a 1.9 million barrel fleet of 18 heated, double-hulled tank barges and 16 tugboats that operate on the U.S. East and Gulf coasts. “Penn’s fleet will extend our coastal product capabilities, particularly transporting asphalt, which we expect to benefit from the need to repair and upgrade aging highway infrastructure throughout the United States,” says Joe Pyne, Kirby’s Chairman and CEO. “Penn also has vessels operating in the Gulf Coast crude oil trade which is benefiting from the production and transport of shale-based crude, particularly out of the Eagle Ford shale formation.” The transaction is expected to close mid to late December 2012.
Bp managers plead not guilty to charges from Macondo incident Two BP well siTe leaders and a former executive pleaded not guilty on Nov. 28 to criminal charges related the 2010 Macondo well blowout, which resulted in an explosion that killed 11 men on the rig Deepwater Horizon and led to the worst oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in U.S. history. Under the charges, Robert M. Kaluza, 62, and Donald J. Vidrine, 65, are alleged to have engaged in negligent and grossly 6 MARINE LoG DECEMBER 2012
negligent conduct in violations of the federal involuntary manslaughter and seaman’s manslaughter statutes and the Clean Water Act. The two men were the highest-ranking BP supervisors onboard the rig Deepwater Horizon at the time of the incident on April 20, 2010. The charges carry stiff penalties. If convicted, Kaluza and Vidrine could each face up to 10 years continued on p. 8 www.marinelog.com
Dec 2012 Marine Log Magazine