OSG Reaches New-Build Milestones

August 2010

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Seafarers-contracted Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG) recently hosted a naming ceremony for its newest articulated tug-barge and then, four days later, welcomed the launch of a double-hulled tanker built at Aker Philadelphia Shipyard.

SIU Atlantic Coast Vice President Joseph Soresi and SIU Philadelphia Port Agent Joe Baselice represented the union July 6 at the naming ceremony for the state-of-the-art ATB, which consists of the tug Vision and the barge 350. The event took place in Philadelphia; the tug and barge were built at VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula, Miss.

Collectively known as the OSG Vision 350, the ATB is believed to be the largest in the American-flag fleet. The tug is 153 feet long and has a beam of 50 feet. Its cruising speed (when connected to the barge) is listed at 12.5 knots.

The barge 350 is 655 feet long with a beam of 105 feet. It has a cargo capacity of more than 365,000 barrels.

In a statement prepared for the naming ceremony, Capt. Robert Johnston, OSG’s senior vice president, said the OSG Vision 350 “represents OSG’s strong commitment to the Jones Act, the renewal of the U.S.-flag fleet, and to the state of Delaware (where the vessel works). It reflects our promise to maintain and operate a modern, high-quality, double-hull fleet, which will be built and operated to the highest safety and quality standards.”

The new ATB lighters large crude oil tankers in the Delaware Bay, according to the company, supplying the region’s refineries.

On July 10, Aker Philadelphia Shipyard launched the 10th product tanker in a series of 12 to be completed next year. Eventually to be named the Overseas Anacortes, the vessel was floated off of its blocks and was transferred by tug from the yard’s building dock to its outfitting dock, where it was scheduled to remain for the next few weeks as it underwent continuous testing in preparation for sea trials.

The 600-foot-long ship is slated for completion in the third quarter of this year and will join nine OSG sister ships in transporting petroleum products in the Jones Act trade. Each of those vessels can carry 332,000 barrels of product and can sail at speeds greater than 14 knots.

OSG’s newest ATB is pictured on the Delaware River. (Photo by John Curdy)

OSG’s newest ATB is pictured on the Delaware River. (Photo by John Curdy)

SIU VP Atlantic Coast Joseph Soresi (left) greets Seafarers Martin Timney and Rick Lord at the naming ceremony for the OSG Vision 350.

SIU VP Atlantic Coast Joseph Soresi (left) greets Seafarers Martin Timney (center) and Rick Lord at the naming ceremony for the OSG Vision 350.

The tugboat Vision, a component of the new ATB, is 153 feet long. (Photo by John Curdy)

The tugboat Vision, a component of the new ATB, is 153 feet long. (Photo by John Curdy)


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