2 More Tankers Delivered

January 2010

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The final month of 2009 proved fruitful for the Seafarers-contracted fleet, as the new double-hulled Jones Act tankers Sunshine State and Overseas Cascade were delivered.

Built at General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, the Sunshine State on Dec. 3 was delivered to Crowley Maritime Corporation. Crowley is managing the Sunshine State and the other tankers in the series for American Petroleum Tankers LLC. Those vessels include the Golden State and Pelican State (both delivered earlier in 2009) along with the Evergreen State and Empire State (scheduled for delivery in 2010).

Eight days after the Sunshine State delivery, Aker Philadelphia Shipyard delivered the Overseas Cascade to a subsidiary of Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG). The ship is slated to have shuttle-tanker features installed for use in the Gulf of Mexico. (Shuttle tankers transport crude oil from deepwater areas where pipelines aren’t available.)

“These new tankers represent ongoing job security for SIU members,” said SIU Vice President Contracts George Tricker, who pointed out that both NASSCO and Aker Philadelphia Shipyard employ union workers. “The ships are state-of-the-art and I’m confident in the work performed by our crews aboard them, now and in the future.”

Like its sister ships, the Sunshine State is slightly longer than 600 feet and has a beam of 106 feet. It can carry 331,300 barrels of product. The vessel has a single-screw, slow-speed diesel plant propulsion system with speeds of 15 knots.

“Completed 11 months ahead of our original schedule and under budget, the Sunshine State is the third product carrier NASSCO has delivered this year and reflects greatly upon the skilled shipbuilders in San Diego,” said Fred Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO. “Overall, 2009 has been an outstanding year for the NASSCO shipbuilding team and our partners, with three product carriers now in the U.S commercial fleet and two dry cargo-ammunition ships delivered to the U.S. Navy this year.”

He added that the keel for the fifth tanker, the Evergreen State, was laid in mid-November.

Meanwhile, the Overseas Cascade is the eighth veteran-class tanker delivered by Aker Philadelphia. Though part of a completely separate new-build program, those vessels are similar in some ways to the ones being constructed on the West Coast. The OSG tankers are diesel-powered and are approximately 600 feet long, with beams of roughly 105 feet. They can carry 332,000 barrels apiece and can sail at greater than 14 knots.

Preceding the Overseas Cascade were the Overseas Houston, Overseas Long Beach, Overseas Los Angeles, Overseas New York, Overseas Texas City, Overseas Boston and Overseas Nikiski.

Jim Miller, president and CEO of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, said, “I am proud to be part of the extraordinary team that constructed this product tanker (Overseas Cascade). Our passion for safety, strong shipbuilding know-how, and seamless teamwork were evident in every hour used to build this vessel. This product tanker will serve OSG and its customer well.”

Aker Philadelphia has four other vessels currently under construction. All are scheduled to be delivered through spring 2011.

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Overseas Cascade


The Overseas Cascade (top photo) and Sunshine State (directly above) are double-hulled tankers built at union-contracted yards.