Posted: June 6, 2016
Keel laid for second SEA-Vista tanker at General Dynamics NASSCO
The following is excerpted from an article released by General Dynamics NASSCO. American Maritime Officers will represent all licensed officers aboard the tankers being built for SEA-Vista LLC.
SAN DIEGO - On Thursday, May 25, General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a keel laying ceremony for the Liberty, one of three ECO Class tankers under the same construction contract with SEA-Vista LLC, a partnership between SEACOR Holdings, Inc. and Avista Capital Partners.
As honorees, Tom Denning, Ed Hoffman, and Tom Sofyanos - all representatives of SEA-Vista LLC - welded their initials into the keel of the ship.
The Liberty is a 610-foot, 50,000 deadweight-ton, LNG-conversion-ready product tanker with a 330,000-barrel cargo capacity. The new ECO Class design symbolizes the emerging direction of the shipping industry in the U.S. toward cleaner, more fuel-efficient modes of transporting product. Once delivered, the tanker will be operated by Seabulk Tankers, Inc.
The construction and operation of the new ECO Class tankers is aligned with the Jones Act, requiring that ships carrying cargo between U.S. ports be built in U.S. shipyards. Construction on the Liberty began in October 2015.