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Crowley takes delivery of third LNG-ready product tanker

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Crowley Maritime Corp. has announced that it has taken delivery of the Louisiana. The Louisiana is the third of four new, Jones Act product tankers, which are being constructed for the subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA – Philly Shipyard, Inc. All four of the vessels are capable are being converted to LNG propulsion at a later date.

The Ohio and Texas – the Louisiana’s sister ships – were received by Crowley in 2015. They were the first tankers to receive LNG-Ready Level 1 approval from ABS. This allows them to be converted to LNG propulsion by Crowley in the future.

The Louisiana is 50 000 dwt, and is capable of carrying 330 000 barrels of product. It is scheduled to be christened in New Orleans, US, on 5 May 2016. The fourth vessel under construction is scheduled for delivery in 3Q16. All four of the vessels are based on a proven Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design, which incorporates a number of fuel efficiency features, flexible cargo capabilities and meets regulatory requirements. They are able to carry crude oil, refined petroleum products, or various chemical cargoes.

Rob Grune, Crowley’s Senior Vice President and General Manager, Petroleum Services, said: “The Louisiana’s delivery continues to enhance the services we are able to provide to our petroleum customers.

“We celebrate new tonnage and the advanced technology, but most important to us and to our customers are the highly trained men and women of Crowley who are committed to transporting their fuel in the safest, most reliable way possible.”

“Milestones like today show we can deliver solutions that reinforce the value of the Jones Act vessels and American-built and American-crewed trade.”

The President and CEO of Philly Shipyard, Steinar Nerbovik, added: “We are proud to deliver another Philly-born tanker, the shipyard’s fifth tanker for Crowley and 23rd vessel in total.

“On behalf of the men and women who built her, we are honoured knowing that the Louisiana will be another safe and quality addition to Crowley’s fleet that will serve its mariners and our nation’s waterways for decades to follow."

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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