With the tragic loss of the TOTE ship El Faro still weighing heavily on the whole American maritime community, the delivery was not greeted with the celebrations that would normally mark an achievement of this magnitude.
The ship is the first delivered under a two-ship contract signed in December 2012 with TOTE. The two 764-foot long Marlin Class containerships will be the largest dry cargo ships fueled by LNG.
"Successfully building and delivering the world's first LNG-powered containership here in the United States for coastwise service demonstrates that commercial shipbuilders, and owners and operators, are leading the world in the introduction of cutting-edge, green technology in support of the Jones Act," said Kevin Graney, vice president and general manager of General Dynamics NASSCO.
The shipbuilder says the delivery is the result of a successful collaboration between industry and regulatory bodies. TOTE, NASSCO, the American Bureau of Shipping, and the U.S. Coast Guard worked hand-in-hand from the beginning of the project to the delivery of the Isla Bella. This included collaboration during the design approval, construction and commissioning the ship to safely and effectively operate on natural gas.