Crowley Maritime has christened the third of its four new liquefied natural gas (LNG) Jones Act product tankers at the Julia Street Cruise Terminal in New Orleans.
Named Louisiana, the 600ft tanker has a displacement of 50,000 dead weight tonnes (dwt) and has a capacity of 330,000 barrels.
The tanker was constructed by PSI, formerly known as Aker Philadelphia Shipyard (APSI), the wholly owned US subsidiary of Philly Shipyard.
It will join the fleet with its sister vessels, Ohio and Texas, which was christened in November 2015 and February 2016, respectively.
Jensen Maritime, Crowley’s Seattle-based, naval architecture and marine engineering subsidiary, provided construction management services for the vessels.
The tanker is based on a Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design and is aligned with the latest regulatory requirements, incorporating numerous fuel efficiency features, equipped with flexible cargo capability. It is designed to ferry crude oil or refined petroleum products.
Crowley petroleum services group senior vice-president and general manager Rob Grune said: "The christening underscores our continued commitment to building and operating innovative vessels that deliver the best possible service and efficiency for our customers who depend on us for safe and reliable transportation of petroleum products.
"And, as is the case with its sister ships, we designed and built the Louisiana to have the capability to be converted to LNG propulsion in the future, increasing the likelihood of a long service life as new emissions regulations are developed in the years ahead."
The tanker has received the American Bureau of Shipping’s (ABS) LNG-Ready Level One approval that will enable the company to convert the tanker to LNG propulsion in the future.
The remaining product tanker is being built by APSI for Crowley, which is expected to be delivered in at the end of this year.
Image: Christening of Crowley’s third LNG ready tanker. Photo: courtesy of Crowley Maritime Corporation.