Magnolia State Returns to NASSCO Following Successful Sea Trials

SAN DIEGO – On Thursday, May 12 the Magnolia State returned to the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard following a week of successful tests and trials at sea.

The ECO Class tanker is the second of a five-tanker contract between NASSCO and APT, which calls for the design and construction of five 50,000 deadweight ton, LNG-conversion-ready product carriers with a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity. The 610-foot-long tankers are equipped with a new “ECO” design which will provide a very significant improvement in fuel efficiency. Upon delivery, the Magnolia State will join the ranks as one of the most fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly tankers in the world.

“The revolutionary ECO Class provides our customers with an alternative option for transporting product that is cost-effective and friendly to the environment,” said Fred Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO. “Like the Magnolia State, each ship designed and constructed at NASSCO is built with pride and ownership. Our shipbuilders know they’re not just building a product tanker – they’re building a vessel that helps fuel our economy.”