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TOTE receives ECA waiver to pursue LNG conversion

There are plans to convert its two ORCA Class Roll-On/Roll-Off ships In a ground-breaking move, Totem Ocean Trailer Express (TOTE), Tacoma, WA, plans to convert its two ORCA Class Roll-On/Roll-Off ships to burn Liquefied Natural Gas, after receiving a permit from the U.S. Coast Guard providing a conditional waiver from the Emissions Control Area (ECA) fuel sulfur content requirements of MARPOL Annex VI regulation 14.4.According to the company magazine, the engineering, design and installation of the engine kits and construction of the LNG plant to convert the two ships could cost $84 million and take up to five years."We have a conversion plan that will essentially overhaul the engines with no impacts to our service schedule. Most of the work will be done underway-it's going to be amazing to see," TOTE President John Parrot is quoted as saying.Artist's conception shown at top left from the company magazine shows the LNG fuel tanks on the ship's deck.The permit was issued by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) under authority provided in Regulation 3 of Annex VI.The North American Emissions Control Area (ECA) became enforceable on August 1. Ships that are subject to MARPOL operating in the ECA, which extends 200 nautical ...

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