A rendering of the 610-foot tanker Garden State. Courtesy NASSCO

General Dynamics NASSCO is inviting the public to its shipyard in Barrio Logan for the second time in two weeks on Saturday night to watch a major shipbuilding event.

NASSCO will launch the 610-foot Garden State, an environmentally friendly tanker built for American Petroleum Tankers.

After the traditional bottle of champagne is broken across the ship’s bow, the giant vessel will slide into San Diego Bay.

Gates will open on 2798 East Harbor Drive at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, and the free, public ceremony begins at 8:30 p.m.

NASSCO, the largest shipyard on the West Coast, is building five of the tankers for carrying petroleum products between American ports. The ECO tankers can carry 330,000 barrels of oil, and can be converted to run on clean natural gas.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.