APT Vessel Construction Starts at NASSCO


October 2014


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A ceremonial steel-cutting ceremony in San Diego signaled upcoming job opportunities for Seafarers.


On Sept. 12, personnel from General Dynamics NASSCO – a union shipyard – and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer marked the start of construction of five American Petroleum Tankers (APT) vessels. Those ships, as previously reported, will be managed by Seafarers-contracted Crowley Maritime.


General Dynamics NASSCO executives and the mayor were joined by representatives from Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (an APT affiliate) and APT President Rob Kurz.


“Today’s start-of-construction ceremony signifies our ongoing relationship with American Petroleum Tankers. NASSCO is pleased to continue our commitment as good environmental stewards by building the most energy-efficient tankers in the Jones Act fleet and in helping to sustain and grow highly skilled jobs right here in San Diego,” said Kevin Graney, vice president and general manager of General Dynamics NASSCO.


According to a NASSCO announcement, the new-build agreement calls for the design and construction of “50,000 deadweight ton, LNG-conversion-ready product carriers with a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity. The 610-foot-long tankers are a new ‘ECO’ design, offering improved fuel efficiency, and include the latest environmental protection features, including a ballast water treatment system.”


Along with other existing orders, the APT contract is expected to not only help sustain the shipyard’s current work force of more than 3,000 but also add roughly 500 jobs.


“This is a great opportunity to create hundreds of jobs in our burgeoning blue-tech industry,” Faulconer said. “By adding these good-paying jobs, NASSCO expands its role as a pillar of San Diego’s defense and innovation economies.”


Deliveries of the Crowley-managed tankers are slated to start in the fourth quarter of 2015 and continue through 2016. The ships were designed by DSEC, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of Busan, South Korea. They will have dual-fuel-capable auxiliary engines and the ability to accommodate future installation of an LNG fuel-gas system.


“We are very pleased to get the construction phase of this exciting project underway and appreciate the commitment of our customers, which facilitated this fleet expansion through their long-term charter support,” said Kurz. “We look forward to taking delivery of these state-of-the-art vessels.”



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