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NASSCO delivers new LNG conversion-ready tanker

LNG Industry,

General Dynamics NASSCO has released a statement claiming that it has successfully delivered its first ECO Class Tanker – the Lone Star State – for American Petroleum Tankers (APT). Under the ECO design, greater fuel efficiency is ensured, and a ballast water treatment system, a G-series MAN Diesel & Turbo ME slow-speed main engine and optimised hull form are featured.

The vessel is the first of a five-tanker contract between APT and NASSCO. The tankers are all 610 ft long and are LNG conversion-ready, with a 330 000 barrel cargo capacity. Five similar State Class product tankers were built by NASSCO for APT between 2007 and 2010.

Fred Harris, the President of NASSCO, 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.”

Robert Kurz, the Vice president of Kinder Morgan Terminals, and the President of APT, added: “We are very excited to be taking delivery of the Lone Star State. This state-of-the-art tanker is a welcome addition to our growing fleet and will provide safe, reliable and efficient transportation service to our customers for many years to come.

“We thank NASSCO for their tremendous support in achieving this important milestone.”

All vessels were designed by DSEC, which is a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME).

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