World First: Large RO/RO Ship Converting to LNG Fuel

This story is not about the Marcellus/Utica per se, but it’s cool nonetheless and we think you’ll find it interesting. In June we told you that Carnival Corp. had ordered up four new megaship cruise liners that will be powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG)–a first for cruise ships (see Carnival Orders LNG-Powered Cruise Ships + Jim’s Cruise from Hell). A second type of large ship is following suit. Totem Ocean Trailer Express (Totem Ocean), located on the Left Coast (Tacoma, WA), announced yesterday it has signed a contract to convert a “roll-on/roll-off” or RO/RO ship to burn liquefied natural gas (LNG). This is the world’s first major conversion of a large RO/RO vessel to LNG. The work will begin in December and is expected to be completed in 90 days. Is LNG set to take the shipping world by storm?…

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