General Dynamics NASSCO will cap a historic year on Saturday morning with the christening of the seventh ECO-class tanker built at the shipyard in Barrio Logan.
In 2016, NASSCO shipbuilders processed more than 60,000 tons of steel and delivered a record six ships to commercial customers while beginning work on new ships for the Navy as well.
The latest commercial vessel is the Liberty, a 610-foot, 50,000-ton, LNG conversion-ready tanker built for the SEA-Vista shipping partnership. The ECO designation is because it is 33 percent more fuel efficient than earlier tankers.
In a maritime tradition, Debora Denning will break a champagne bottle on the side of the ship during a ceremony Saturday. She is the wife of Tom Denning, vice president for engineering at SEACOR Ocean Transport, a partner in SEA-Vista.
Nearly 2,000 shipyard workers had a role in constructing the Liberty. NASSCO is the only shipyard on the West Coast building large ships like the ECO tankers.
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