MAY 12, 2015 — General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard, San Diego, CA, began construction of a fourth ECO tanker for Kinder Morgan subsidiary American Petroleum Tankers May 8, when U.S. Rep. Susan Davis pressed a button to cut the first piece of steel.
The ship is one of a series of five 50,000 dwt Jones Act product carriers that will be LNG-conversion ready and incorporate environmental protection features, including a Ballast Water Treatment System.
"These Jones Act-qualified tankers are some of the most energy-efficient, fuel-saving and cost-effective tankers in the world. They are also instrumental in providing high-quality, good-paying jobs," said Kevin Graney, vice president and general manager of General Dynamics NASSCO. "NASSCO is leading the way in America for designing and building new and innovative green ship technologies."
The five-tanker contract has been instrumental in helping to sustain and grow the shipbuilder's local workforce. NASSCO began construction on the first tanker under the current contract in September 2014.
"We are very excited to be starting construction on our fourth tanker at General Dynamics NASSCO. We look forward to taking delivery of another highly fuel-efficient and environmentally-friendly vessel that will provide first class service to our customers," said Rob Kurz, president of American Petroleum Tankers.