A General Dynamics subsidiary, General Dynamics NASSCO, has begun construction of its second LNG-conversion ready product tankers at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, US. The 50 000 t and 330 000 bbl cargo capacity product tanker is the second of three being created for SEA-Vista Newbuild III LLC, a subsidiary of SEACOR Holding Inc.
On 25 June 2015, representatives from General Dynamics NASSCO and SEA-Vista attended a ceremony held at the NASSCO shipyard, marking the start of construction. Senior Director for Human Resources at NASSCO, Debora Burke, signalled the beginning of construction by pressing a button to cut the first piece of steel.
These new 610 ft long vessels utilise the ECO MR tanker design by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), offering improved fuel efficiency and incorporating the latest environmental protection features, including a ballast water treatment system and reduced emissions.
The 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.
“We are pleased to begin construction on the second state-of-the-art, Jones Act-qualified tanker for our customer, SEA-Vista,” said General Dynamics NASSCO Vice President and General Manager, Kevin 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.”
Edited from press release by Callum O'Reilly
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