Stevedores at JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal this week unloaded the first shipment of brand new 53-foot Wide-Top Pick (WTP) cargo containers for use on TOTE, Inc.’s new Marlin Class ships, the world’s first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)-powered container ships. TOTE is the parent company of Jacksonville-based Sea Star Line, a JAXPORT tenant for more than 20 years.
The containers arrived at Blount Island from Qingdao, China aboard the Saga Navigator and were offloaded by Portus. The investment in this new equipment highlights TOTE’s continued commitment to the future of the Puerto Rican trade lane.
TOTE’s first LNG ship, the Isla Bella, was launched from General Dynamics NASSCO’s shipyard in San Diego in April and will arrive at JAXPORT in the fall. The second ship is currently under construction in San Diego and will arrive at JAXPORT in early 2016.
Both ships will be home ported at JAXPORT and will serve the Puerto Rico trade lane.
See photos of the containers being unloaded. Photo caption: Stevedores with Portus unload the first shipment of new containers to be used on the world’s first LNG-powered containerships, which will be home ported at JAXPORT.