Aker Philadelphia Delivers Tanker OS Tampa

June 2011

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Seafarers are sailing aboard the new tanker Overseas Tampa, which was delivered in late April by Aker Philadelphia Shipyard. Scheduled to operate in the Jones Act trades for OSG, the Overseas Tampa is the twelfth Veteran Class product tanker built by Aker Philadelphia, a union-contracted shipyard.


According to the yard, the on-schedule delivery of the Overseas Tampa marked the successful conclusion of an historic shipbuilding program that started in 2005.


“The 12-ship program was one of the largest commercial ship construction efforts since World War II and has contributed towards making the U.S. fleet more environmentally
friendly with the vessel’s double hull design and cleaner engines,” Aker Philadelphia said in a news release.


The yard is building two additional tankers. The first vessel is under construction and production activities for the second tanker are scheduled to begin this summer. Both vessels are scheduled to be completed by first quarter of 2013. Each of the Veteran Class ships is 600 feet long and 46,000 DWT. Each of the tankers can carry 332,000 barrels of product and can sail at speeds greater than 14 knots.


Those vessels are the Overseas Tampa, Overseas Chinook, Overseas Anacortes, Overseas Houston, Overseas Long Beach, Overseas Los Angeles, Overseas New York, Overseas Texas City, Overseas Boston, Overseas Nikiski, Overseas Martinez and Overseas Cascade.


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