NASSCO to Construct 2 Vessels for SIU-Contracted Company
New SIU jobs are on the horizon following the early-September announcement that the parent company of Seafarers-contracted Seabulk Tankers, Inc. has ordered two product carriers from General Dynamics NASSCO.
The vessels will be 50,000 deadweight ton LNG conversion-ready tankers, each with a 330,000-barrel cargo capacity. Construction of the first ship is scheduled to begin in late 2014, with deliveries scheduled for the second quarter of 2016 and first quarter of 2017. Each vessel will be 610 feet long.
San Diego-based General Dynamics NASSCO is a union shipyard whose president, Fred Harris, is a former union mariner.
In a joint news release from SEACOR Holdings (Seabulk’s parent company) and NASSCO, the companies said the new ships will feature excellent fuel efficiency while incorporating 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. “The tankers will have conversion-capable, dual-fuel-capable auxiliary engines and the ability to accommodate the future installation of an LNG fuel-gas system and Type C LNG tanks,” the companies pointed out. “These additional tankers represent the continuation of NASSCO’s successful partnership with DSEC.”
Harris stated, “This contract is an indication that NASSCO remains fully committed to continuing to bring the most economical and environmentally sound technology to Jones Act owners and operators. We are very pleased to begin a new partnership with SEACOR and look forward to delivering two high-quality vessels that will serve SEACOR in the Jones Act tanker market for decades.”
Charles Fabrikant, executive chairman of SEACOR Holdings, said, “Our decision to build these two new tankers is a clear demonstration of our continued commitment to the Jones Act. We are very excited that we will be able to offer this new ecofriendly design to charterers.”