Keppel AmFELS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Offshore & Marine in the US, has secured a contract worth more than $400 Million from Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii for the construction of two LNG fueled containerships.
The dual fuel LNG vessels will be built to Keppel’s proprietary design with delivery of the vessels expected in the first and third quarters of 2020, respectively.
“This contract with Keppel allows Pasha Hawaii to continue to move forward in our commitment to providing the best resources possible for our customers and Hawaii’s shipping industry, while minimizing our environmental footprint,” said George Pasha, IV, President and CEO of The Pasha Group.
Customized to Pasha Hawaii’s requirements, the new, 774-foot Jones Act vessels will have a fully laden capacity of 500 45-foot containers, 400 refrigerated containers, and 300 40-foot dry containers, with a sailing speed of 23 knots. The containerships will be able to run completely on LNG fuel, dramatically reducing their environmental impact and increasing fuel efficiency. Energy savings will also be achieved with a state-of-the-art engine, an optimized hull form, and an underwater propulsion system with a high-efficiency rudder and propeller.
When compared to conventional fuels, LNG is a much cleaner alternative fuel for shipping and offers significant environmental benefits, including the reduction of up to 95 percent sulphur oxides, nearly 100 percent particulate matter, up to 90 percent nitrogen oxides, and up to 25 percent carbon dioxide emissions from engine exhaust emissions.
Located in Brownsville, Texas, Keppel AmFELS has a strong track record in the construction, refurbishment, conversion, life extension and repair of a variety of projects.