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PSI holds keel laying ceremony for fourth product tanker for APT

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Philly Shipyard Inc. (PSI) has announced that it has held a keel laying ceremony for the fourth product tanker in a four-vessel order for American Petroleum Tankers (APT).

PSI is the wholly owned US subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA, whilst APT is a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Inc. As is tradition, coins were placed on one of the keel blocks before the 650 t unit was lowered into place in the dry dock.

The President and CEO of Philly Shipyard, Steinar Nerbovik, said: “Within the last 17 years of building great ships, we’ve also built great teams and a best in class workforce. The shipyard is a place where you can be a part of something big, and we are always looking for additional skilled men and women to join our family. The new hires participating in today’s Keel Laying have joined over 1100 other shipbuilders to continue the proud legacy of building and delivering ships right here in the city of brotherly love.”

Once the vessel is completed, it will be 600 ft long, 50 000 DWT and capable of carrying 50 000 t of crude oil or refined petroleum products. The Tier II vessel is based on a proven Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design, which incorporates a number of fuel efficiency features, flexible cargo capability and the latest regulatory requirements. It will be built with consideration for using LNG as fuel in the future.

The three other tankers for APT are currently being built, with deliveries scheduled throughout 2017. The shipyard is currently also building two 3600 TEU containerships for Matson Navigation Co. Inc., with deliveries scheduled for 3Q18 and 1Q19.

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