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NASSCO delivers final LNG-conversion-ready tanker for SEA-Vista

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General Dynamics NASSCO has announced that it has delivered the Liberty – the third and final vessel constructed for SEA-Vista LLC as part of a larger eight-ship ECO Class tanker programme.

In 2013, NASSCO entered an agreement to design and construct three 50 000 dwt LNG-conversion-ready product carriers, each of which would have a 330 000 bbl cargo capacity. All three vessels are 610 ft long and, under their ECO design, offer fuel efficiency and cleaner shipping options.

Construction for the first vessel in the three-vessel order commenced in November 2014. The Independence and the Constitution – the first two vessels – have already been successfully delivered.

Steve Davison, Vice President of Pre-Production Operations for General Dynamics NASSCO, said: “We are grateful for our partnership with SEA-Vista and the opportunity to design and construct three vessels equipped with world-leading technology and capability that will service their customers for decades to come.

"Credit for the successful completion of this contract goes to the thousands of world-class NASSCO shipbuilders and our partners who worked to provide unmatched quality and service from day one."

The Liberty is the seventh vessel in an eight-vessel ECO Class tanker programme for two different customers – SEA Vista LLC and American Petroleum Tankers. The final vessel in this order, the Palmetto State, is scheduled to be christened and launched on 25 March 2017 at NASSCO’s shipyard in San Diego, US.

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