NASSCO Begins Construction of New ‘ECO’ Tanker
General Dynamics NASSCO has officially laid the keel for the second ‘ECO’ tanker, the Magnolia State, for American Petroleum Tankers (APT) currently under construction at the company’s shipyard in San Diego, California.
The ‘ECO’ tanker is the second of a five-ship contract between General Dynamics NASSCO and APT and is due for delivery in the second quarter of next year. Each of the 610-foot, 50,000-ton tankers will have a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity.
The design of the five ships calls for each to incorporate a G-series MAN ME slow-speed main engine, as well as dual-fuel-capable auxiliary engines. The ships will also have the ability to accommodate future installation of an LNG fuel-gas system and include the latest ‘ECO’ environmental protection features, including a ballast water treatment system.
The ships were designed with an “optimized hull form” by DSEC of Busan, South Korea, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME).
The first ship in the series, the Lone Star State, is scheduled to be delivered in the fourth quarter of this year, according to NASSCO.
The construction and operation of the new vessels “are aligned with the Jones Act, which requires that ships carrying cargo between U.S. ports be built in U.S. shipyards,” the shipbuilder said.
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