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General Dynamics NASSCO to Build Two LNG-Capable Container Ships for Matson

General Dynamics NASSCO has signed a contract with Matson Navigation Company for the design and construction of two Kanaloa Class LNG-capable containerships.

The 870-foot-long containership design provides the capability to transport containers, automobiles and rolling stock. Using proven design standards, the design incorporates LNG-capable main and auxiliary engines, which are compliant with Tier III emission requirements. The design accommodates future installation of a LNG fuel gas system.

“NASSCO has long played a leading role in revolutionizing the future of the American shipping industry,” said Fred Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO and Bath Iron Works. “Our partnership with Matson builds upon NASSCO’s successful track record of constructing high-quality, highly efficient and on-time delivery for the Jones Act trade.”

Construction of the first containership will begin in early 2018, with deliveries in 2019 and mid-2020, respectively. The ships will be constructed at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. Once delivered, the Jones Act qualified vessels will serve a trade route between the continental west coast and Hawaii.