NASSCO lays keel for tanker
General Dynamics NASSCO held a keel-laying ceremony for the second ship of its new series of product carriers. The ship is being built for U.S. Shipping Partners and is to be delivered in the third quarter of 2009.
NASSCO began construction of the ship in January. It will be 600 feet long and have a cargo capacity of 331,000 barrels.
U.S. Shipping Partners previously announced that the ship will be named Pelican State, the state nickname of Louisiana. The ship will be used in coastal trade, carrying petroleum and chemical products.