NASSCO Delivers Tanker Evergreen State

January 2011

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The SIU-contracted tanker Evergreen State was delivered Dec. 7 in San Diego. SIU Vice President West Coast Nick Marrone and Port Agent Jeff Turkus were among the estimated 200 guests at the christening ceremony, conducted at the union-contracted NASSCO shipyard.


The double-hulled ship is the fifth in a series of five Seafarers-crewed tankers being operated by Crowley for American Petroleum Tankers LLC. It is named in honor of the state of Washington.


“This is a great addition for the SIU, and I’m fully confident that the Seafarers sailing aboard the Evergreen State will do a magnificent job,” Marrone said. “As the Military Sealift Command (MSC) reconfigures its tanker fleet, ships like the Evergreen State are vitally important to our national and economic security.”


At a length of 600 feet and with a cargo capacity of approximately 331,000 barrels, the Evergreen State is expected to carry petroleum products for the Department of Defense under the operational control of MSC. The other most recent vessel in this class, the Empire State, in early October came under charter to MSC for up to five years.


NASSCO began constructing the Evergreen State in May 2009. The other vessels in the class are the Golden State, Pelican State, Sunshine State and Empire State. According to the shipyard, all were delivered “on time and under budget.”


The Evergreen State’s sponsor was Carol Kurz, wife of American Petroleum Tankers Chief Executive Officer Robert Kurz. Carol Kurz broke the traditional bottle of champagne across the ship’s side in front of an enthusiastic audience.


“Completed more than nine months ahead of our original schedule, under budget, and in substantially fewer man hours than the lead ship of the class, the Evergreen State reflects NASSCO’s high performance in product carrier construction,” said Fred Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO and himself a former union mariner.

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Pictured aboard the new ship before the christening are (from left) Recertified Steward Exxl Ronquillo, SIU Port Agent Jeff Turkus, Bosun Dennis Spriggs, Pumpman Rodolfo Opinaldo, SIU VP West Coast Nick Marrone and Crowley Director of Labor Relations Jack Craft.


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