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VT Halter Marine Completes LNG-powered Container Roll-on/Roll-off Programme With The Delivery of Taíno

Pascagoula, Miss., December 19, 2018 – VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced the successful delivery of M/V Taíno, one of the world’s first LNG-powered combination Container Roll-on/Roll-off (ConRo) vessels to Crowley Maritime Corporation (Crowley). This marks the completion of the programme awarded by Crowley in 2013.

Taíno, like her sister ship El Coquí delivered in July this year, are Crowley’s newest Commitment-Class vessels. Constructed at VT Halter Marine’s Pascagoula yard, these two ConRos meet U.S. Jones Act federal statute and are capable of transporting 2,400 twenty-foot-equivalent container units (TEU) and a mix of nearly 400 cars and larger vehicles in the enclosed, ventilated and weather-tight Ro/Ro decks.

At 219.5m long, 32.3m wide (beam), with a deep draft of 10m, Taíno has an approximate deadweight capacity of 26,500 metric tonnes. They are designed and equipped to carry containers, ranging from 20-foot standard to 53-foot by 102-inch-wide high-capacity units, with room for up to 300 refrigerated containers. Taíno will join El Coquí in Crowley’s domestic shipping fleet to support supply chain needs of residents and businesses in USA and Puerto Rico.

 “VT Halter Marine’s participation with Crowley Maritime Corporation for the new Commitment-Class ships Taíno and El Coquí, two of the world’s first combination Container Roll-on/Roll-off ships powered by liquefied natural gas, are monumental for positioning VT Halter Marine as an early innovator in the  growing LNG market for the United States,” said Ronald Baczkowski, President & CEO, VT Halter Marine.

VT Halter Marine, the marine operations of VT Systems, is based in Pascagoula, Mississippi and is a leader in the design and construction of medium-sized ships in the United States. VT Halter Marine designs, builds and repairs a wide variety of ocean-going vessels such as patrol vessels, oil recovery vessels, oil cargo vessels, ferries, logistic support vessels, auxiliaries, and research and survey vessels.  Please visit

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems’ innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit

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