Tanker Order Means New SIU Jobs

 

July 2013

 

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New SIU-crewed tankers are on the way following an early June announcement from San Diego-based General Dynamics NASSCO, a union shipyard.

 

NASSCO has signed an agreement with an affiliate of American Petroleum Tankers (APT) for the design and construction of four 50,000 deadweight ton LNG-conversion-ready product carriers with a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity. The contract includes options to build four additional ships.

 

Seafarers-contracted Crowley Maritime manages vessels for APT. Construction of the first tanker is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2014, with deliveries slated to start in the fourth quarter of 2015, continuing through 2016. The four-ship APT contract will add as many as 800 jobs at NASSCO during construction and a substantial number of shipboard jobs once the vessels are sailing.

 

The 610-foot-long tankers are a new “ECO” design that offers improved fuel efficiency and incorporates the latest environmental protection features, including a ballast water treatment system. The ships will be designed by DSEC, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of Busan, South Korea.

 

According to NASSCO, the tankers will have dual-fuel-capable auxiliary engines and the ability to accommodate future installation of an LNG fuel-gas system.

 

“Credit goes to everyone involved with this project, including the SIU members who eventually will sail aboard the new ships,” stated SIU Vice President Contracts George Tricker. “It’s hard to overstate the significance of new ships being built for the Jones Act trade.”

 

Fred Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO (and a former union mariner), said, “By continuing to bring the most economical and environmentally sound technology to Jones Act operators, these ECO tankers show our continued commitment to be one of the most innovative shipyards in America. I am pleased to renew our partnership with APT on this exciting new program. Along with TOTE, this is the second return customer we have welcomed back to NASSCO within the past six months, which speaks to the high-quality workmanship of our skilled workforce.”

 

Rob Kurz, CEO of APT, said, “This investment demonstrates our continued commitment to building and operating ships for the U.S. Jones Act trade. We are proud to bring new U.S.-built tonnage into the market at this exciting time, helping our country achieve its longstanding strategic objective of energy independence.”

 

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