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Construction begins on NASSCO LNG-ready tankers

LNG Industry,

General Dynamics NASSCO has celebrated the start of construction for three 50,000 dwt, 330,000 barrel cargo capacity product tankers, for SEA-Vista LLC, a joint venture between SEACOR Holdings and Avista Capital Partners.

Each product tanker is ready for LNG conversion; they will be constructed at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, under Jones Act requirements.

Representatives from General Dynamics NASSCO and SEA-Vista attended the start of construction ceremony held at the NASSCO shipyard on November 7. The honouree, Debora Denning, wife of SEACOR Vice President of Engineering Tom Denning, signalled the beginning of construction by pressing a button to cut the first piece of steel.

Jones Act compliant

“We are proud and honoured to partner with SEA-Vista and build three state-of-the-art Jones Act-qualified tankers,” said General Dynamics NASSCO Vice President and General Manager Kevin M. Graney. “NASSCO remains committed to building the most economical and environmentally-sound products for Jones Act owners and operators - and these tankers exemplify that commitment. Our partnership with SEA-Vista is a clear indication that NASSCO is the shipyard of choice for Jones Act tankers.”

These new 610-foot-long vessels are a continuation of the ECO MR Tanker design, which offers improved fuel efficiency and incorporates the latest environmental protection features, including a Ballast Water Treatment System and reduced emissions.

Dual-fuel engines

The tankers were designed by DSEC, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME). DSEC’s ECO design achieves improved fuel efficiency through several features, including a G-series MAN ME slow-speed main engine and an optimised hull form. The tankers will have conversion-capable, dual-fuel capable auxiliary engines and the ability to accommodate the future installation of an LNG fuel-gas system and tanks.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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