Crowley Maritime Takes Delivery of New LNG-Ready Tanker Texas


February 2016


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Seafarers-contracted Crowley Maritime Corp. recently took delivery of the Texas, the second of four new Jones Act product tankers being built for the company by Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSINC, formerly named Aker Philadelphia Shipyard). All four ships will be crewed by SIU mariners upon delivery.


The 50,000 dead-weight-ton (dwt), 330,000-barrel-capacity Texas joins sister ship Ohio, which was received by Crowley in October, as the first tankers to receive the American Bureau of Shipping’s LNG-Ready Level 1 approval, meaning Crowley has the option to convert the tanker to liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion in the future. The remaining two ships are under construction with planned deliveries in 2016.


“This is another exciting milestone,” said SIU Vice President Contracts George Tricker. “The Texas means new jobs for SIU members and it also highlights both the outstanding work of union shipyard employees and the importance of the Jones Act.”


“We are excited to close out 2015 with the addition of this technologically advanced vessel to our fleet of U.S.-coastwise product tankers,” said Crowley’s Rob Grune, senior vice president and general manager, petroleum and chemical transportation. “We constantly strive for ways to enhance the services we provide to our chemical and petroleum customers. The introduction of vessels like Ohio and Texas, with their advanced technology and environmentally friendly fuel options, prove that we are innovating the industry and we are doing it with American-built, Jones Act vessels.”


According to both Crowley and shipyard officials, the new tankers are based on a proven Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design which incorporates numerous fuel efficiency features, flexible cargo capability, and the latest regulatory requirements. Each vessel is 600 feet long and is capable of carrying 14.5 million gallons of crude oil or refined petroleum products.


“We are proud to deliver another ship to Crowley and the first under our new name, Philly Shipyard. The Texas, like our 21 previously delivered vessels, continues the long tradition of men and women building quality vessels in Philadelphia,” remarked Philly Shipyard’s President and CEO Steinar Nerbovik. “As we continue to build the eight ships in our backlog, we are always looking for more skilled men and women to add to our team.”



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