Construction Starts on Second APT Tanker at NASSCO Shipyard


February 2015


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A new-build program calling for five SIU-contracted Jones Act tankers is going strong in San Diego.


In mid-December, the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard signaled the start of construction of a second “ECO” tanker to be built for American Petroleum Tankers at a steel-cutting ceremony. U.S. Rep. Scott Peters (D-California) marked the beginning of construction by pressing a button to cut the first piece of steel. NASSCO (a union yard) began construction on the first tanker in September 2014. The five ships (each 610 feet long) will be managed by Seafarers-contracted Crowley Maritime.


In a press release about the December ceremony, NASSCO described the new ships as “innovative and increased energy-efficient and fuel-saving products. Each of the five 50,000 deadweight ton product carriers will be LNG-conversion ready and will hold a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity. With a specialized ECO design, the tankers are more energy efficient and incorporate environmental protection features, including a ballast water treatment system.”


The five-tanker contract will also help sustain NASSCO’s workforce of nearly 3,200 and will add approximately 300 more jobs in the near future.


“This second tanker marks another milestone in our fleet expansion adding five state-of-the-art vessels constructed and delivered by NASSCO,” said Rob Kurz, vice president of Kinder Morgan Terminals and president of American Petroleum Tankers, a Kinder Morgan, Inc. subsidiary. “The expansion is a result of the commitment of our customers through their long-term charter support. We look forward to delivery of the vessels in mid-2017.”


The construction and operation of the new vessels are aligned with the Jones Act, requiring ships carrying cargo between U.S. ports to be built, crewed, flagged and owned American. The Jones Act helps sustain around 500,000 American jobs while contributing billions of dollars to the national economy. It also helps sustain a pool of reliable, well-trained, U.S. citizen mariners who are available to crew American military support ships in times of war or emergency.

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