On Saturday, December 12, General Dynamics NASSCO launched the first ship in a series of ECO Class tankers for the SEA-Vista fleet. The christening and launch ceremony took place at the company’s shipyard in San Diego.
The ship, the Independence, is a 610-foot, 50,000 deadweight-ton, and LNG-conversion-ready product tanker with a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity. The new ECO Class tanker symbolizes the emerging direction of the shipping industry in the U.S. toward cleaner, more fuel-efficient modes of transporting product. Construction on the ship began in November 2014.