"The christening of a ship is to wish good fortune to those sailing in her and to celebrate the thousands of hardworking men and women who constructed the ship," General Dynamics NASSCO Vice President and General Manager Kevin Graney said. "Even more, we celebrate the significance of the Bay State and her sister ships in the ECO Class program. Upon each respective delivery, the ships constructed as part of this partnership with American Petroleum Tankers will join the ranks as some of the most fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly tankers in the world."
The ECO Class tankers are 50,000 deadweight ton, LNG-conversion-ready product carriers. The ships are 610 feet long and boast a cargo capacity of 330,000 barrels and represent a significant advancement in fuel efficiency due to their design. The final ship in the contract is scheduled for delivery in 2017.
"This state-of-the-art vessel will be another welcome addition to our growing fleet – one that will provide safe and reliable transportation for our customers in the decades ahead,” Kinder Morgan Terminals Vice President Rob Kurz, who also serves as president of American Petroleum Tankers, a Kinder Morgan subsidiary, said.
“We applaud our partners at NASSCO for making this day possible."