San Diego-based General Dynamics NASSCO has started work on three 50,000-ton oil tankers that will be used by SEA-Vista for shipments between U.S. ports.
“We are proud and honored to partner with SEA-Vista and build three state-of-the-art Jones Act-qualified tankers,” said NASSCO Vice President and General Manager Kevin M. Graney.
Mrs. Debora Denning, wife of SEACOR Vice President of Engineering Tom Denning, signaled the beginning of construction by pressing a button to cut the first piece of steel in NASSCO’s shipyard near Barrio Logan.
These new 610-foot-long vessels will incorporate the latest environmental protection features. They can be converted to carry liquified natural gas instead of oil.
The new tankers come at a time when U.S. production of oil and natural gas is surging due to the new technique of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. In September NASSCO started work on a fleet of five tankers for American Petroleum Tankers.