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Daewoo Shipbuilding and Engineering Company (DSEC), a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), has contracted with General Dynamics NASSCO of San Diego, California to supply the design and equipment package for the world’s first liquefied natural gas-fueled containerships, to be operated by TOTE Shipholdings, Inc., a subsidiary of TOTE, Inc. The contract is for two vessels, with options for three additional vessels. “We are very proud that this project will develop the new market in green ship technology, and I believe this is a great opportunity to introduce total solutions for ship owners seeking economical and environment-friendly ships,” said Young-Man Lee, President and CEO of DSEC. “We are going to continue to spur the development of new technology.” DSEC will begin the engineering of these 3,100 TEU class containerships immediately, with the first vessel expected to be delivered by NASSCO by the fourth quarter 2015. The containerships will be 233m long and 32.2m wide and equipped with MAN ME-GI dual fuel slow speed engines. Each vessel will include DSME’s patented LNG fuel gas technology, a system that CEO and President Lee, devoted himself to while he was the head of DSME’s shipyard. The double-wall type-C LNG fuel tanks will be located behind each ship’s accommodation block above deck in consideration of safety, cargo loading, and space utilization. These containerships are expected to set a new benchmark in economical green ship technology. They will operate on both liquefied natural gas (LNG) and marine gas oil (MGO), which will significantly decrease emissions through the use of clean fuel. These vessels will be the most environmentally friendly containerships in the world, with carbon dioxide emissions per-container that are 71 percent less than the vessels now operating in TOTE’s Puerto Rican trade. In addition, particulate matter will be reduced by 99 percent, sulfur oxides will be reduced by 98 percent, and nitrogen oxides will be reduced by 91 percent. DSEC successfully partnered with NASSCO in 2006 for the design and construction of five State-class product carriers currently operating in the US Jones Act market. DSEC has also supplied engineering and equipment packages to shipyards around the globe, including DMHI in Romania, ODC in Oman, and SASEBO in Japan. DSEC also plans to launch its newly developed MR tanker design with improved fuel efficiency and a hybrid fuel system using LNG and HFO depending on owners’ demands.

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