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VT Halter Marine's Pascagoula yard begins work on 2 LNG-powered ships, contract worth $350M

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PASCAGOULA, Mississippi — Shipbuilder VT Halter Marine has started work on the first of two liquefied natural gas-powered container vessels for Crowley Maritime Corp.

VT Halter first announced the $350 million contract last November. The beginning of construction was marked by a steel-cutting ceremony Wednesday.

VT Halter officials say in a news release that the new vessels are designed to maximize the carriage of 102-inch-wide containers, which offer the most cubic cargo capacity in the trade/

Cargo capacity will be approximately 2,400 TEUs (20-foot-equivalent-units), with additional space for nearly 400 vehicles.

The main propulsion and auxiliary engines will be fueled with environmentally-friendly LNG.

Delivery of the two vessels is scheduled for mid and late 2017.

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