NASSCO lays keel for APT’s second LNG-ready tanker

General Dynamics NASSCO held a keel laying ceremony for the second ECO tanker, the Magnolia State, for American Petroleum Tankers currently under construction at the company’s shipyard in San Diego.

The first steel, marking the start of the construction of the same ship, was cut in December 2014, the company said in a statement.

The ECO tanker is the second of a five-tanker contract between General Dynamics NASSCO and APT, which calls for the design and construction of five 50,000 deadweight ton, LNG-conversion-ready product carriers with a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity. The 610-foot-long tankers are a new ECO design, offering improved fuel efficiency, and include the latest environmental protection features, including a Ballast Water Treatment System.

The ships were designed by DSEC, a unit of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering of Busan, South Korea. The design incorporates improved fuel efficiency concepts through several features, including a G-series MAN ME slow-speed main engine and an optimized hull form. The tankers will also have dual-fuel-capable auxiliary engines and the ability to accommodate future installation of an LNG fuel-gas system.

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