Crowley has teamed up with a nuclear energy technology company to develop a vessel concept aimed at generating carbon-free atomic power for defence and disaster needs.

The Florida maritime conglomerate said it signed a memorandum of understanding with BWX Technologies (BWXT) to pursue opportunities to design and engineer its shallow-draught nuclear generation ships capable of delivering power to shore.

The 115-metre-long vessels would feature a microreactor that is made in a factory and installed in a shipyard.