The Garden State passes by Petco Park on the way out to sea for tests earlier in July.

The General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in Barrio Logan has marked the seventh delivery of a major vessel in the span of just over a year.

The Garden State, an ECO Class tanker built for longtime customer American Petroleum Tankers, was delivered during a special signing ceremony Monday and is one of three classes of ships produced by the San Diego-based shipyard since June of last year.

“In the past year, NASSCO shipbuilders have delivered seven ships — or the equivalent to 100,000 tons worth of steel,” said Kevin Graney, vice president and general manager.

“Among the seven vessels delivered, three have been lead ships: the world’s first containership powered by liquefied natural gas, the U.S. Navy’s first Expeditionary Sea Base, and the nation’s most fuel efficient product tanker,” he said. “We are proud of the diverse design and build portfolio we have delivered during the course of this year.”

The ships built and delivered by NASSCO over the period are:

  • Two 764-foot-long container ships powered by liquefied natural gas, the Isla Bella and the Perla del Caribe. They are considered to be the cleanest cargo-carrying ships in the world.
  • Four ECO Class product tankers like the Garden State. NASSCO has four more under contract.
  • The Navy’s first Expeditionary Sea Base, the USNS Lewis B. Puller. The ship is a floating Marine base with a 52,000 square-foot flight deck for helicopters and accommodations for up to 250 personnel. NASSCO is currently constructing the second ship in the class and is under contract to build a third.

The shipyard is the largest on the West Coast of the United States.

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Chris Jennewein

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