Product Carrier Philadelphia Sun Joins Sun Transport Fleet

The petroleum product carrier M/V Philadelphia Sun (shown above) has left Sun Ship Inc., Chester, Pa., and joined its sister ship, the New York Sun, in the Sun Transport U.S.-flag tanker fleet, a considerable portion of which is assigned to transporting petroleum products to the Delaware Valley region of Pennsylvania.

The Philadelphia Sun will also be assigned various other U.S. intracoastal trade routes.

The two ships increase the petroleum-carrying capacity of the Sun fleet by approximately 25 percent.

Built for an affiliated company, Sun Transport, the Philadelphia Sun has a cargo carrying capacity of 34,400 tons and an overall hull length of 612 feet. Its keel was laid in March 1978 and it was launched in July 1980. The vessel is capable of carrying six different types of refined petroleum products at once, including gasoline, kerosene, jet fuel, heating oil and naptha.

Designed to meet or exceed all the maritime regulations in effect when construction began, the ship features a segregated ballast system and a sewage storage and treatment system.

Advanced safety features include automation which permits control of engine speed and direction from the bridge, a collision avoidance system, a satellite navigation system designed to enable the crew to pinpoint exact position at any time, and a weather facsimile system, providing up-tothe- minute weather forecasts.

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