Crowley Maritime Corp. and VT Halter Marine have launched Crowley’s new Commitment Class ship El Coquí. The El Coquí is a combination container/Roll On-Roll Off (ConRo) ship powered by liquefied natural gas. The launch took place in Pascagoula, Mississippi on March 20th, 2017.
Crowley noted this is the first in a series of milestones expected to be achieved this week as part of Crowley’s $550 million project to expand and modernize the company’s shipping and logistics services between Jacksonville, Florida., and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
El Coquí, named after a beloved frog native to the island, will now proceed through the final topside construction and testing phase before beginning service in the U.S. Jones Act trade during the second half of 2017.
“This was a special day for Crowley, VT Halter Marine and all of the men and women who designed, and who are constructing, this world-class ship,” said Tom Crowley, company chairman and CEO. “We are extremely appreciative of all the work that has been accomplished so far and look forward to the successful delivery of El Coquí later this year and her sister ship, Taíno, in the first half of next year.”