General Dynamics NASSCO Delivers Final ECO-class Tanker for SEA-Vista LLC
SAN DIEGO — General Dynamics NASSCO has delivered Liberty, the third and final ship to be constructed for SEA-Vista LLC as part of a larger eight-ship ECO-class tanker program, the shipyard announced in a March 2 release.
In 2013, NASSCO entered into an agreement with SEA-Vista to design and build three 50,000 deadweight-ton, LNG [liquefied natural gas] conversion-ready product carriers to include a 330,000-barrel cargo capacity each. The 610-foot-long tankers are a new “ECO” design, offering improved fuel efficiency and cleaner shipping options.
Construction for the first of the three ships for SEA-Vista LLC began in November 2014. The first two ships — Independence and Constitution — have been delivered and are servicing the Jones Act trade.
“We are grateful for our partnership with SEA-Vista and the opportunity to design and construct three vessels equipped with world-leading technology and capability that will service their customers for decades to come,” said Steve Davison, vice president of preproduction operations for General Dynamics NASSCO. “Credit for the successful completion of this contract goes to the thousands of world-class NASSCO shipbuilders and our partners who worked to provide unmatched quality and service from day one.”
Liberty is the seventh vessel in an eight-ship ECO-class tanker program for two separate customers, SEA-Vista LLC and American Petroleum Tankers. The eighth ship of the program, Palmetto State, is scheduled to be christened and launched on March 25, at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego.