General Dynamics NASSCO Starts
Construction on Jones Act Tanker

 

May 2015

 

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General Dynamics NASSCO, a union shipyard, on April 2 signaled the start of construction of a third “ECO” tanker to be built for an affiliate of American Petroleum Tankers (APT) during a steel-cutting ceremony at the San Diego facility. As previously reported in the Seafarers LOG, this vessel (to be named Garden State), along with its two predecessors and still-to-come pair of sister ships will be managed by Seafarers-contracted Crowley Maritime when completed and will sail in the Jones Act trade.

 

Deliveries are expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2015 and continue through 2016.

 

The new tankers have been described as innovate and energy- efficient. Each of the five 50,000 deadweight-ton product carriers to be constructed by NASSCO will be LNG-conversion ready, with a cargo capacity of 330,000 barrels. Each will be 610 feet long.

 

According to the shipyard, the ECO design also incorporates environmental protection features, including a ballast water treatment system.

 

“This is an exciting time in the U.S. maritime industry,” said Parker Larson, director of commercial programs for NASSCO. “These Jones Act product tankers demonstrate implementation of state-of-the-art design technologies that achieve world-leading fuel efficiencies and also represent new jobs in our shipyard.”

 

The five-tanker contract is instrumental in helping to sustain and grow NASSCO’s workforce of nearly 3,800. NASSCO began construction on the first tanker under the current contract in September 2014.

 

“We are very pleased to be commencing construction of our third ECO Class tanker at NASSCO,” said Rob Kurz, APT president. “These world class vessels will be a welcome addition to the APT fleet as we continue to strive toward providing our customers with the highest level of service.”

 

The Jones Act requires that waterborne cargo moving between domestic ports be carried aboard ships that are crewed, built, owned and flagged American. On the books since 1920, the law traditionally has enjoyed strong bipartisan support while boosting U.S. national and economic security.

 

Additionally, the Jones Act is responsible for maintaining nearly 500,000 American jobs while pumping billions of dollars into the economy.

 

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