Each of the five 50,000 deadweight-ton ships can carry 330,000 barrels of oil or be converted to carry liquified natural gas. The ECO design makes the tankers more energy efficient and incorporates environmental protection features.
“These Jones Act-qualified tankers are some of the most energy-efficient, fuel-saving, and cost-effective tankers in the world. They are also instrumental in providing high-quality, good-paying jobs,” said Kevin Graney, vice president and general manager of General Dynamics NASSCO. “NASSCO is leading the way in America for designing and building new and innovative green ship technologies.”
The construction and operation of the new vessels come under the Jones Act, requiring ships carrying cargo between U.S. ports to be built, crewed and owned by Americans.
NASSCO began construction on the first tanker in the fleet just last September, and has a growing order book for vessels to transport oil, natural gas and other products between U.S. ports. Two shifts are now working at the shipyard in Barrio Logan.
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