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Crowley christens new LNG-ready vessel

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Crowley Maritime Corp. has released a statement claiming that it has christened a new product tanker at the South Florida Petroleum Terminal in Fort Lauderdale, US. Texas, which is a 600 ft long, 50 000 DWT, 330 000 barrel capacity vessel, is the second of four Jones Act product tankers and will join its sister ship, Ohio. It is capable of carrying crude oil or refined petroleum products. The vessels are the first to receive ABS’s LNG-Ready Level 1 approval, which means that they can be converted to LNG fuel use in the future. The two other vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2016.

Texas was constructed by PSINC, with Jensen Maritime – a naval architecture and marine engineering subsidiary of Crowley – providing the construction management services.

Crowley’s Rob Grune, the Senior Vice President and General Manager, Petroleum Services, said: “Crowley welcomes this industry defining, LNG-ready vessel into service.

“Not only will this be a high-performance vessel capable of meeting or exceeding our customers’ petroleum transportation needs within the US coastwise trade, it will do so in a way that is more environmentally friendly than those that have come before her.”

The new vessels are based on Hyundai Mipo Dockyards’ (HMD) design, which involves fuel efficiency features, flexible cargo capability, as well as recent regulatory requirements.

Doris Evans, the wife of the Vice President, Eric Evans, christened the vessel by ceremoniously breaking a bottle of champagne on the hull.

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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