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VT Halter Marine Delivers Industry-Leading, LNG-Powered ConRo Ship to Crowley Maritime Corporation

Pascagoula, Miss., July 20, 2018 – VT Halter Marine, Inc. (VT Halter Marine), a company of Vision Technologies Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced the successful delivery of Crowley Maritime Corporation’s (Crowley’s) new Commitment-Class ship M/V El Coquí, one of the world’s first Combination Container Roll-on/Roll off (ConRo) ships powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG), from its Pascagoula facility in Mississippi. 

El Coquí is the first of two Commitment-Class LNG-powered ConRo ships for Crowley’s shipping and logistics services between Jacksonville, Fla., and San Juan, Puerto Rico. El Coquí, like her sister ship Taíno, meets U.S. Jones Act federal statute, and are able to transport up to 2,400 twenty-foot-equivalent container units (TEUs) and a mix of nearly 400 cars and larger vehicles in the enclosed, ventilated and weather-tight Ro/Ro decks.

El Coquí and sister ship, Taíno, 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. The ship measures 219.5m long, 32.3m wide (beam), with a deep draft of 10m, and an approximate deadweight capacity of 26,500 metric tonnes. It is an indication of VT Halter Marine’s shipbuilding capabilities. The delivery of El Coquí sets a new standard for responsible shipping and provides a valuable domestic shipping service between the U.S. and Puerto Rico for Crowley.

“This delivery represents another milestone in our unwavering commitment to Puerto Rico and the Jones Act,” said Tom Crowley, chairman and CEO of Crowley. “We’ve dedicated a large part of our business to serving the supply chain needs of residents and businesses on the island and El Coquí is the latest chapter of history of commitment to Puerto Rico. We thank the men and women at Crowley, VT Halter Marine and other partners, who have dedicated themselves to designing and building El Coquí and Taíno. We know that without their expertise none of this would be possible.”

“The teams from Crowley and VT Halter Marine have worked tirelessly to overcome challenges and their efforts and spirit must be commended on today’s delivery of El Coquí to Crowley. We are proud to be a part of Crowley’s long standing legacy in transportation services, and the role El Coquí and soon-to-join sister vessel Taíno will play in shipping and logistics to San Juan,” said Rob Mullins, Chief Executive Officer of 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

Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 126-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company that provides marine solutions, energy and logistics services in domestic and international markets. Crowley operates under four business units: Crowley LOGISTICS, a singular ocean liner and logistics supply chain division; Crowley SHIPPING, which encompasses ownership, operations and management of vessels, including tankers, container ships, tugboats and barges; Crowley FUELS, a fuel transportation, distribution and sales division that also provides liquefied natural gas (LNG) and related services; and Crowley SOLUTIONS, which focuses on government services, including vessel management for government agencies, as well as engineering, project management, naval architecture through its subsidiary Jensen Maritime, and marine salvage and emergency response through its 50 percent ownership in Ardent Global. Additional information about Crowley, its subsidiaries and business units may be found at

Media contacts:   

Lina Poa
Head, Corporate Communications & Investor Relations
ST Engineering
Tel: (65) 6722 1883

Mark Miller
VP, Corporate Communications
Crowley Maritime Corp.
Tel: (1) 904.727-4295

David DeCamp
Crowley Maritime Corp.
Tel: (1) 904.727-4263

LNG-Powered Container Roll-on/Roll-off Ship, El Coqui