General Dynamics (GD) Nassco has started the construction of three product tankers for SEA-Vista, a joint venture between Seacor and Avista Capital Partners.

Construction of the vessels will take place at the Nassco shipyard in San Diego, California, US, and it will meet the Jones Act requirements.

With 50,000dwt and 330,000 barrel cargo capacity, the vessel will offer enhanced fuel efficiency and also feature the latest environmental protection features, including a ballast water treatment system and reduced emissions.

"These vessels will offer a better service for SEA-Vista’s customers by meeting Jones Act transportation requirements for the movement of…crude oil and refined products." 

These 610ft-long vessels are designed by DSEC, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of Busan, South Korea.

Its features include G-series Man Me slow-speed main engine and an optimised hull form to provide greater fuel efficiency for the vessel.

The vessel’s engine will be capable of conversion and accommodating future installation of an LNG fuel-gas system and tanks.

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General Dynamics Nassco vice-president and general manager Kevin Graney said: "NASSCO remains committed to building the most economical and environmentally sound products for Jones Act owners and operators, and these tankers exemplify that commitment."

These vessels will offer a better service for SEA-Vista’s customers by meeting Jones Act transportation requirements for the movement of their current and projected crude oil and refined products volumes in the US, the company stated.

Nassco recently started construction of similar tankers for American Petroleum Tankers at its shipyard in San Diego.