Aker Philadelphia delivers second Aframax tanker to SeaRiver Maritime

15 March 2015 (Last Updated March 15th, 2015 18:30)

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard (APSI) has delivered the second Aframax tanker to Exxon Mobil Corporation's US marine affiliate SeaRiver Maritime.

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Aker Philadelphia Shipyard (APSI) has delivered the second Aframax tanker to Exxon Mobil Corporation’s US marine affiliate SeaRiver Maritime.

The new, 820ft-long, Liberty-class Aframax tanker will ship Alaskan North Slope crude oil from Prince William Sound to the US west coast. The vessel will be capable of transporting up to 800,000 barrels of crude oil.

Named Eagle Bay, the newbuild features double hull protection, the latest navigation and communications equipment and an energy-efficient engine, Aker said.

APSI President and CEO Steinar Nerbovik said: "Delivery of this vessel marks the conclusion of a successful project that has transformed our company for the better.

"We are proud of the Eagle Bay and are confident that she will serve the SeaRiver organisation well over the decades to come."

APSI named the second vessel in a series of two Aframax tankers in January this year. The first vessel, Liberty Bay, was delivered to SeaRiver in June 2014.

"The newbuild features double hull protection, the latest navigation and communications equipment and an energy-efficient engine."

The vessels are being built in cooperation with South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI).

The US commercial shipyard is currently constructing four 50,000dwt product tankers for Crowley Maritime.

APSI started construction on the first Crowley tanker in 2014. The 600ft-long vessels will be capable of carrying 50,000t of crude oil and refined petroleum products.

The company also secured orders for two 50,000dwt product tankers for Philly Tankers and two 3,600TEU containerships for Matson Navigation, with deliveries scheduled for 2018.


Image: SeaRiver’s Eagle Bay will transport Alaskan North Slope crude oil to the US west coast. Photo: courtesy of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Inc.