The following is the text of a news release from Philly Shipyard Inc. (PSI):
(PHILADELPHIA) — Philly Shipyard Inc., the sole operating subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA, on Thursday delivered American Liberty, the third of four next-generation 50,000-dwt product tankers that it is building for American Petroleum Tankers (APT), a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan Inc.
This delivery is the 27th vessel built by PSI (formerly known as Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Inc.). The next-generation 50,000-dwt product tanker is based on a proven Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design that also incorporates numerous fuel efficiency features, flexible cargo capability, and the latest regulatory requirements. The vessel has also received LNG Ready Level 1 approval from the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). The 600-foot tanker has a carrying capacity of 14.5 million gallons of crude oil or refined products.
“We are proud to deliver another quality vessel to American Petroleum Tankers,” said Steinar Nerbovik, Philly Shipyard’s president and CEO. “This vessel is delivered on time, the hallmark of great shipbuilding that our customers depend on. As we celebrate this achievement and say farewell to the American Liberty, we wish the crew a safe and successful voyage beyond our shipyard here in Philadelphia.”
The shipyard has delivered 27 vessels in its nearly 20-year history. Currently, the shipyard has one additional 50,000-dwt tanker for APT and two 3,600-TEU containerships for Matson Navigation Co. Inc. under construction. In addition, Philly Shipyard has initiated construction of up to four 3,700-TEU containerships for its own account and has signed a letter of intent with a leading Jones Act operator concerning a firm order for the first pair of these vessels with options for the second pair of these vessels.