Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Launches Overseas Martinez

April 2010

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Launches Overseas MartinezThe SIU-contracted fleet continued on its course to expansion March 10 as Aker Philadelphia Shipyard launched the ninth Veteran Class MT-46 product tanker in a series of 12 such ships to be completed by 2011.

A 46,000 dwt vessel, Ship 013 was floated off of its blocks and was transferred by tug from the shipyard’s building dock to the outfitting dock. It was expected to remain in that location for a few weeks while undergoing continuous testing and commissioning in preparation for its upcoming sea trials.

When completed, the 600-foot-long vessel, to be named the Overseas Martinez, will be sold to American Shipping Company and bareboat chartered to union-contracted Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG) for use transporting petroleum products.

A double-hulled tanker, she will join her Akerbuilt sister ships—the Overseas Houston, Overseas Long Beach, Overseas Los Angeles, Overseas New York, Overseas Texas City, Overseas Boston, Overseas Nikiski and Overseas Cascade—which are crewed by members of the SIU. Each vessel is diesel powered with a beam of roughly 105 feet. They can carry 332,000 barrels apiece and sail at speeds in excess of 14 knots.

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard is a union-contracted facility and a leading U.S. commercial yard building vessels for operation in the Jones Act market.

The Jones Act is a law that protects United States national and economic security by stipulating that vessels travelling from one domestic port to another be crewed, built, owned and flagged American.

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