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December 6, 2015

American Petroleum Tankers receives first ECO-class tanker from GD Nassco

General Dynamics (GD) Nassco has delivered the company's first ECO-class tanker, Lone Star State, to American Petroleum Tankers (APT).

By Anagha Unnikrishnan

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General Dynamics (GD) Nassco has delivered the company’s first ECO-class tanker, Lone Star State, to American Petroleum Tankers (APT).

The new tanker is part of an order from APT to build five 610ft-long and 50,000dwt product carriers.

The new liquefied natural gas (LNG)-conversion-ready product tanker will have a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity.

The Lone Star State is equipped with the latest environmental protection features such as a ballast water treatment system and is expected to offer better fuel-efficiency.

GD Nassco president Fred Harris said: "The delivery of this new vessel symbolises the future of American shipping; innovative, cost-effective, and green.

"The Lone Star State, along with the four others we are currently building for APT, will be among the most fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly tankers anywhere in the world.

"These tankers are 33% more fuel efficient than the previous five tankers built by Nassco for APT. We are proud to be leading the charge in building these next-generation of tankers."

"The Lone Star State, along with the four others we are currently building, will be among the most fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly tankers anywhere in the world."

The tanker is equipped with G-series MAN ME slow-speed main engine, an optimised hull form and dual-fuel-capable auxiliary engines for improved fuel efficiency.

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.

This five-tanker contract will allow Nassco to add 500 jobs to its existing workforce of 3,000 employees, helping grow the company’s local workforce.

Delivery of ships under this contract is expected to close in 2017, with the fifth tanker scheduled to be handed over in the second quarter of that year.

Additionally, the tanker will be capable of accommodating the installation of an LNG fuel-gas system in future.

Nassco has already built five similar State-class product tankers for APT during 2007-2010.


Image: The ECO-class tanker Lone Star State. Photo: courtesy of Nassco / A General Dynamics Company.

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