Aker Philadelphia: Keel layed for LNG-ready product tanker

October 1, 2014

Keeping with long held shipbuilding tradition, coins were placed on one of the keel blocks before the unit was lowered into place in the dry dock. Representatives from APSI and Crowley placed coins as a ceremonial sign of good fortune and safe travels. When completed in 2015, the vessel will be 600 feet long and be capable of carrying 50,000 tons of crude oil or refined petroleum products.

Steinar Nerbovik, APSI's managing director, remarked "Rich in tradition, the Keel Laying Ceremony is a proud milestone for the shipyard and an important step in the vessel's construction. These U.S. built vessels play an important role in our country's energy independence while providing good jobs for the men and women who build and sail her."

The new 50,000 dwt product tankers are based on a proven Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design which incorporates numerous fuel efficiency features, flexible cargo capability, and the latest regulatory requirements. The vessels will be constructed with consideration for the use of LNG for propulsion in the future.

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