Palmetto State Start of Construction

On October 16, 2015, General Dynamics NASSCO signaled the start of construction of a fifth “ECO” tanker to be built for American Petroleum Tankers at a steel cutting ceremony at NASSCO’s San Diego shipyard. Betsy Larson, wife of NASSCO’s director of commercial programs, Parker Larson, served as the ceremony’s honoree.

As part of a five-tanker contract between NASSCO and American Petroleum Tankers, each of the 50,000 deadweight ton product carriers to be constructed by NASSCO shipbuilders 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.