Crowley Maritime Corp and subsidiary Jensen Maritime, the company’s Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm, were honoured with the 2019 Significant Boat of the Year Award at the International Workboat Show in New Orleans in December 2019.

The award recognises the company’s industry-leading combination container/roll on-roll off (con-ro) ships, El Coquí and Taíno, the first of their kind powered by liquefied natural gas (LNG). Workboat’s recognition marks the first time that the award has been presented to a large oceangoing container vessel.

Crowley’s LNG-powered con-ros are the result of $550 million investment into the company’s cargo shipping and logistics services. The innovative vessels have greatly expanded the company’s US-flagged cargo fleet to provide customers with safe, reliable, fast cargo transportation services.

Wärtsilä’s ship design team worked with the Crowley/Jensen teams to produce the Commitment class vessels from the keel up to meet the specific needs of Crowley’s customers shipping cargo between the US mainland and Puerto Rico. Both ships were built at VT Halter Marine shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss.