A tanker under construction at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in Barrio Logan. Photo by Chris Jennewein
A tanker under construction at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in Barrio Logan. Photo by Chris Jennewein

The General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in Barrio Logan is warning employees that as many as 700 layoffs could be coming in January.

The shipyard, which has 3,500 workers, has a new contract to built six fleet oilers for the Navy, but is nearing the end of an eight-ship contract for tankers for private companies.

Letters were sent to employees last week, and a layoff notice was filed Friday with the state Employment Development Department.

“We are working diligently so not all employees who were notified will be affected,” the company said in a statement. “We regret the impact this will have on employees and their families.”

NASSCO operates the largest shipyard on the West Coast and builds both commercial and Navy ships.

Chris Jennewein

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