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General Dynamics NASSCO Constructing New LNG-Ready Tanker

General Dynamics NASSCO signaled the start of construction of a fourth “ECO” tanker to be built for American Petroleum Tankers at NASSCO’s San Diego shipyard. The new ECO tanker is being built as part of a five-tanker contract. Each of the five 50,000 deadweight ton product carriers will be LNG-conversion ready and will carry 330,000 barrels of cargo.

With a specialized ECO design, the tankers are more energy efficient and incorporate environmental protection features, including a Ballast Water Treatment System. The construction and operation of the new vessels are aligned with the Jones Act, requiring ships carrying cargo between U.S. ports to be built, crewed and owned by the U.S.