Crowley takes delivery of first LNG-powered ConRo ship serving Puerto Rico
Crowley Maritime Corp. has taken delivery of El Coquí, one of the world’s first combination container/roll on-roll off (ConRo) ships powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), from shipbuilder VT Halter Marine Inc., the Company said in a media release.
El Coquí is the first of two Commitment Class, LNG-powered ConRo ships being built for Crowley’s shipping and logistics services between Jacksonville, Fla., and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Operated by Crowley’s global ship management group, El Coquí will make its maiden voyage to San Juan later this month from Jacksonville (JAXPORT), its dedicated U.S. mainland port. Construction of sister ship Taino is well underway at VT Halter Marine’s shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., and she is scheduled to enter service later this year.
In the morning of July 19, 2018, the Central Port Authority of Piraeus was informed by the captain of the "Super Jet" hat during the scheduled service from the port of Serifos to the port of Piraeus, the ship had suffered a mechanical damage to the outer hydro-propeller on port side due to the collision with drift goods. At a reduced speed, the ferry sailed to the port of Piraeus, where the 88 passengers were dropped off. The ferry was detained until the damage was repaired and a class survey carried out. The Serifos-Sifnos-Milos-Kimolos-Folegandros- Thira-Ios-route was served by other ships.
Maersk looks to Liverpool as Felixstowe continues to struggle
MAERSK Line is moving two 2M alliance service calls to Liverpool for 12 weeks as continuing problems at Felixstowe provide a boost to Peel Ports’ operation in the northwest of the UK. The first vessels diverting to Liverpool will be the 2006-built, 7,943 teu ARCHIMIDIS on the TA2 service and 2004-built, 2,556 teu CAP BEATRICE on the COEX service to Liverpool on July 22 and July 20 respectively. “Unfortunately, Felixstowe terminal is suffering from slow operations caused by IT system issues,” Maersk
said in a statement. “In order to protect our service integrity, we will be moving our 2M TA2 and COEX services from Felixstowe to Liverpool for a duration of 12 weeks.” Felixstowe has been suffering from congestion following the implementation of a new terminal operating system last month. As Lloyd’s List reported yesterday, Felixstowe is continuing to struggle with performance issues, particularly with loading export containers.