Horizon Lines has issued six requests for pricing to U.S. shipyards and six RFPs to foreign shipyards for a project that will convert the power plants on two of its steam turbine cargo vessels to modern diesel engines capable of burning conventional liquid fuels or liquefied natural gas.
“We are viewing this as the first step in a repowering initiative for Horizon Lines vessels serving in the Hawaii and Puerto Rico trade lanes,” said Sam Woodward, Horizon’s president and CEO, in a written statement.
The project seeks an integrated repowering solution encompassing main engines, supporting components and LNG storage tanks. The company has not decided where the repowering work would be conducted at this time, pending receipt and evaluation of the RFPs.
Horizon Lines was approved by the U.S. Coast Guard to consider foreign options, in addition to U.S. shipyards, for the project.
“We expect to receive the completed RFPs in mid-July and will evaluate each based on the overall value that the shipyard can provide in terms of quality of work, cost of the project and schedule requirements,” said Pete Strohla, vice president and general manager of the company’s ocean transportation services group. “As we further explore a comprehensive fleet program, additional RFPs will be needed to meet our vessel requirements.”
“We tentatively expect work to commence on the first vessel in January 2015 and the first two ships to be completed late that same year or in early 2016,” Strohla added.