NASSCO starts constructing fourth LNG-ready tanker for APT

General Dynamics NASSCO said it has started the construction of a fourth Eco tanker to be built for American Petroleum Tankers at a steel cutting ceremony at its San Diego shipyard.

Each of the five 50,000 deadweight ton product carriers to be constructed by NASSCO will be LNG-conversion ready and will carry 330,000 barrels of cargo. With a specialized Eco design, the tankers are more energy efficient and incorporate environmental protection features, including a ballast water treatment system, the company said in a statement.

NASSCO began construction on the first tanker under the current contract in September 2014.

The construction and operation of the new vessels are aligned with the Jones Act, requiring ships carrying cargo between U.S. ports to be built, crewed and owned by the U.S.

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