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General Dynamics NASSCO Delivers Fourth LNG-Capable ECO Class Carrier

General Dynamics NASSCO delivered the fourth vessel in a series of five ECO Class product tankers under contract with American Petroleum Tankers that are ready to be converted to operate on LNG. The Bay State was delivered during a special signing ceremony at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, California.

The Bay State is a 610-foot-long, 50,000 deadweight-ton tanker with a 330,000 barrel cargo capacity. The new ECO Class design symbolizes the emerging direction of the shipping industry in the U.S. toward cleaner, more fuel-efficient modes of transporting product. Representative Susan Davis (CA-53) pushed a button to signal construction for the ship in May 2015.

NASSCO is the only major shipyard on the west coast of the US conducting design, new construction and repair of commercial and U.S. Navy ships. In the past decade, NASSCO delivered 28 ocean-going ships to government and commercial customers—including the world’s first LNG-powered containerships.