General Dynamics NASSCO delivered the company’s first ECO Class tanker, the Lone Star State, to American Petroleum Tankers, General Dynamics NASSCO said.
According to NASSCO, the tanker is the first of a five-tanker contract between NASSCO and APT, which calls for the design and construction of five 50,000 deadweight-ton, LNG-conversion-ready product tankers with a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity. The 610-foot-long tankers are a new “ECO” design, offering improved fuel efficiency and many environmental protection features including a ballast water treatment system.
“The delivery of this new vessel symbolizes the future of American shipping: innovative, cost-effective, and green,” said Fred Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO. “The Lone Star State, along with the four others we are currently building for APT, will be among the most fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly tankers — anywhere in the world. These tankers are 33 percent more fuel efficient than the previous five tankers built by NASSCO for APT. We are proud to be leading the charge in building these next generation of tankers.”
Between 2007-2010, NASSCO built five similar State Class product tankers for APT, the shipbuilder said.