NASSCO began constructing the Pelican State in August 2007. At a length of 600.4 feet (183 meters), the double-hulled ship has a cargo capacity of approximately 331,000 barrels and will be used to carry petroleum and chemical products in Jones Act service between U.S. ports.
â€œCompleted more than eight months ahead of our original schedule, under budget, and in substantially fewer man-hours than the lead ship of the class, the Pelican State reflects NASSCOâ€™s high performance in product carrier construction,â€ said Fred Harris, president of General Dynamics NASSCO. â€œWe look forward to obtaining additional shipbuilding production and cost efficiencies during the build-out of this ship class.â€
General Dynamics NASSCO employs more than 4,700 people and is the only full-service ship construction and repair yard on the West Coast of the United States. In addition to the product carrier construction, the San Diego shipyard is building dry cargo-ammunition ships for the U.S. Navy. More information about NASSCO can be found at www.nassco.com.
General Dynamics, headquartered in Falls Church, Va., employs approximately 92,900 people worldwide. The company is a market leader in business aviation; land and expeditionary combat systems, armaments and munitions; shipbuilding and marine systems; and information systems and technologies. More information about General Dynamics is available online at www.generaldynamics.com.