Aker Philadelphia names SeaRiver’s second Aframax tanker

13 January 2015 (Last Updated January 13th, 2015 18:30)

US commercial shipyard Aker Philadelphia Shipyard (APSI) has named the second of two Liberty-class Aframax tankers Eagle Bay, which is being constructed for SeaRiver Maritime, Exxon Mobil Corporation's US marine affiliate.

US commercial shipyard Aker Philadelphia Shipyard (APSI) has named the second of two Liberty-class Aframax tankers Eagle Bay, which is being constructed for SeaRiver Maritime, Exxon Mobil Corporation’s US marine affiliate.

The 800ft and 115,000dwt Eagle Bay tanker will be used to ship Alaskan North Slope crude oil from Prince William Sound to the US west coast.

Aker Philadelphia Shipyard president and CEO Steinar Nerbovik said: "We are pleased to come together to bring the second Liberty-class vessel to life among our partners and distinguished guests here today.

"It’s another reminder of positive impact that domestic energy production has throughout the US."

"The new-build vessel will be equipped with double hull protection, the latest navigation and communications equipment and energy-efficient engines."

The new-build vessel will be equipped with double hull protection, the latest navigation and communications equipment and energy-efficient engines.

The first Liberty-class Aframax tanker, Liberty Bay, was delivered to SeaRiver in June 2014. Construction of the first vessel started in March 2012.

The vessels are being built in co-operation with South Korea’s Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and will replace two existing double-hull tankers.

In September 2014, the shipyard officially started construction on the first of four product tankers for its joint venture with Crowley Maritime Corporation.

Being built as part of a $500m contract, the first tanker’s steel was cut last year and construction is expected to be completed this year.