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General Dynamics Nassco lays keel for LNG-conversion-ready tanker

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General Dynamics Nassco has released a statement claiming that it has held a keel laying ceremony for the Palmetto State – the eighth vessel in an eight-vessel ECO Class tanker programme for two separate customers: American Petroleum Tankers and SEA-Vista LLC. The first five ships have already been delivered, whilst the remaining three are currently under construction and scheduled for delivery in the near future. The Palmetto State is scheduled to be delivered to APT in 2017.

Each vessel in the ECO Class programme is 610 ft long, 50 000 dwt, has a 330 000 bbl capacity and is LNG-conversion-ready.

Bill Johnson – a Nassco employee and Master Shipbuilder – laid the keel by welding his initials onto a steel plate and affixing it to the vessel’s inner structure. Johnson joined Nassco almost 50 years ago as a welder, and currently serves as General Supervisor.

Kevin Graney, Vice President and General Manager for General Dynamics Nassco, said: “Bill Johnson has served Nassco and our nation by dedicating his career to building ships that are critical to our economy and our defence. He is an expert at the craft of shipbuilding and serves as a leader and mentor for his fellow shipbuilders so that their careers can continue to build upon this legacy.

“Today’s keel laying is a celebration to give thanks to the many thousands of hardworking Nassco men and women who have chosen shipbuilding as their profession – past and present.”

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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