LNG-powered container ships: the industry’s future | BLOUIN BEAT: Business

The Isla Bella, the world’s first container ship powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG) launched on Saturday in San Diego. The ship’s maker, General Dynamics NASSCO, is now building a second LNG-powered ship for Sea Star’s TOTE subsidiary, to be delivered early next year. The cost of these two ships, which will serve the Jacksonville-Puerto Rico route, is $350 million.Sea Star’s President Tim Nolan said the company had two choices to comply with new EPA restrictions in the Caribbean, which go into full effect in 2019: install emission-limiting “scrubbers” in the diesel vessels it uses now, or build new LNG-powered ships. It chose to retire its old ships and invest in the future.

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