NASSCO lays BP tanker keel
National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has held a keel laying ceremony for the Alaskan Frontier, the first of four Alaska Class, double-hull oil tankers being built under contract to NASSCO. Robert McRae, BPÕs NASSCO Site Team Manager, welded his initials into the keel to signify the start of construction.
One the day of the ceremony, NASSCO erected the first structural block of the Alaskan Frontier. The photo shows clearly the double-hull configuration of the vessel, which will feature twin-shaft diesel-electric propulsion.