On Thursday, May 12 the Magnolia State returned to the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard following a week of successful tests and trials at sea. The ECO Class tanker is the second of an LNG-ready five-tanker contract between NASSCO and APT, and already the third vessel, Garden State, has been launched and christened. The first vessel, Lone Star State, was christened in October last year and is in service with APT.
The contract between NASSCO and American Petroleum Tankers (APT) calls for all five vessels to be designed and built as 50,000 deadweight ton, LNG-conversion-ready product carriers with a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity. Propulsion is from G-series MAN ME slow-speed main engines and there is space to accommodate future installation of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) fuel-gas system.
The 610-foot-long tankers are equipped with a new “ECO” design which will provide a very significant improvement in fuel efficiency. Upon delivery, the Magnolia State will join the ranks as one of the most fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly tankers in the world.
“The revolutionary ECO Class provides our customers with an alternative option for transporting product that is cost-effective and friendly to the environment,” said Fred Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO.
The ships were designed by DSEC, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering of South Korea, and conform to the Jones Act requirements which requires ships carrying cargo between U.S. ports to be built in U.S. shipyards.