General Dynamics (GD) Nassco has commenced the construction of American Petroleum Tankers’ (APT) third ECO tanker, following a keel-laying ceremony at its shipyard in San Diego.
The new vessel christened Garden State, is part of an order from APT for five 610ft-long and 50,000dwt product carriers.
The 610ft-long and 50,000dwt LNG-conversion-ready product carrier designed by DSEC, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering of Busan, South Korea, will have a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity.
GD Nassco Kevin vice-president and general manager Graney said: "As we lay the keel for this Jones Act-qualified tanker, we are reminded of the hard work by hundreds of Nassco shipbuilders who constructed this ship piece by piece, and our commitment as a company to design, build, and deliver high-quality, forward-thinking products for our customers.
"When delivered, these tankers will be among the most fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly tankers, anywhere in the world."
The specialised ECO design of the vessel provides better energy-efficiency and also offers environmental protection features, including a ballast water treatment system.
In addition, the G-series MAN ME slow-speed main engine and optimised hull form will contribute the improved fuel-efficiency of the vessel.
Nassco began construction of vessels in this series of tankers in 2014.
Both the construction as well as the operation of new tankers is in line with the Jones Act that requires the ships carrying cargo between US ports to be built in US shipyards.
Delivery of ships under this contract is expected to close in 2017, with the fifth tanker scheduled for receipt in the second quarter of that year.
Image: Garden State is part of an order from APT for five 610ft-long and 50,000dwt product carriers. Photo: courtesy of Nassco/A General Dynamics Company.