Garden State Keel Laying

On October 23, 2015, General Dynamics NASSCO hosted a keel laying ceremony for the third ECO tanker, the future Garden State, for American Petroleum Tankers (APT) currently under construction at the company’s shipyard in San Diego. The Honorable Greg Cox from the San Diego County Board of Supervisors served as the ceremony’s honoree.

During the ceremony Supervisor Cox authenticated the keel of the ECO tanker by welding his initials onto a steel plate. The steel plate will be permanently affixed to the ship’s keel and will remain with the vessel throughout its time in service.