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TOTE marks milestone in construction of Marlin Class ships

TOTE marked a milestone in the construction of its Marlin Class vessels by announcing the delivery of the world's first dual-fuel, slow-speed engine to the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego where the ships are being built.

The first TOTE Marlin Class ship is nearly 40 percent complete and the second will begin construction in May, according to Eric Icke, the NASSCO program manager for the Marlin Class.

"The arrival of the dual-fuel main engine and LNG tanks at the NASSCO shipyard marks a milestone in the lead ship construction as well as a landmark in the era of green ship technology," Icke said.

Doosan Engine, which delivered the first 8L70 ME-GI engine, completed the engine's factory acceptance tests earlier this year after months of testing to ensure compliance with U.S. regulations, according to the statement

TOTE will be the first customer to feature the ME-GI engine, which it says represents a significant advancement in propulsion technology.

"The Marlin class vessels, powered by Doosan's dual-fuel engine, will provide the most modern and reliable service available" stated Anthony Chiarello, president and CEO of TOTE. "These ships will increase shipping capacity, reduce air emissions, and ensure a cleaner environment for our workers and port communities."

"These vessels are the largest investment in our company's history" said Denise Tabbutt, one of the three sisters who are primary shareholders in TOTE's parent company, Saltchuk Resources. "We have a tremendous amount of confidence in the NASSCO team. . . and we are lucky to have such incredible partners."

The TOTE statement noted that two 900-cubic-meter LNG tanks, manufactured by Cryos, were also delivered. The huge stainless steel cryogenic tanks weigh 380 tons each and will store liquefied natural gas aboard the Marlin ships.

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