US LNG-ready product tanker christened

Thursday, 05 November 2015

“Ohio” is the first tanker ever to receive the ABS “LNG-Ready Level 1” notation, meaning Crowley has the option to convert the tanker from traditional to LNG propulsion.

Marathon Petroleum Corporation in September bought Aker Philadelphia Shipyard’s stake in Crowley’s joint venture for the operation and chartering of four product tankers.

MPC is expected to take delivery of the four vessels by 2016’s third quarter, Maritime Executive reported.

Pamela Beall, president of MPLX, a Marathon Petroleum Corporation subsidiary, performed the christening the vessel, expected for US coastal operation, at the Tampa Cruise Terminal.

The new tankers are based on a Hyundai Mipo Dockyards design that incorporates fuel efficiency features, flexible cargo capability and components for regulatory compliance.

“Ohio” was constructed to Jones Act specificaitons by Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, the wholly-owned US subsidiary of Aker Philadelphia Shipyard ASA.

Construction services were provided by Crowley’s Seattle-based, naval architecture and marine engineering subsidiary, Jensen Maritime.

Construction of the first of two LNG-fuelled ConRo ships for Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group reached another important milestone last month, with the installation of three LNG fuel tanks.