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NASSCO delivers eighth tanker with '33% increased fuel efficiency'

Vessel is said to include a number of bunker-saving features.





Updated on 09 Jun 2017 12:09 GMT

On June 7, General Dynamics NASSCO delivered the final 'Eco'-class tanker, the Palmetto State, constructed as part of an eight-tanker program for two separate customers, SEA-Vista LLC and American Petroleum Tankers (APT).

In 2013, NASSCO entered into agreements with the two companies to design and construct eight 50,000-deadweight-tonne (dwt), LNG-conversion-ready product tankers each with a 330,000-barrel cargo capacity.

Three of the ships have been built for SEA-Vista LLC and five for American Petroleum Tankers (APT). The last of the three SEA-Vista tankers, the Liberty, was launched earlier this month, whilst the Palmetto State is the fifth ship for APT - the other four vessels are the Lone Star State, Magnolia State, Garden State and Bay State.

The 610-foot-long tankers were designed by South Korea's Daewoo Ship Engineering Company (DSEC), a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME). DSEC's 'Eco' design is said to achieve improved fuel efficiency through several features, including a G-series MAN ME slow-speed main engine and an optimized hull form.

According to NASSCO, the tankers' Eco design offers "33 percent increased fuel efficiency" and a corresponding reduction in ship emissions.

All eight Eco tankers were constructed by NASSCO in just under three years, with six of the ships being delivered in 2016.

In the past decade, NASSCO has delivered more than 30 ocean-going ships to government and commercial customers - including the world's first LNG-powered containership, the Isla Bella, which was delivered to TOTE Maritime in October 2015.






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