NASSCO Lays Keel Of First In Series Of Product Carriers For American Tankships

A recent keel-laying ceremony at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) in San Diego initiated construction of the first in a series of 37,500-dwt diesel-powered product carriers being built by NASSCO for American Tankships, Inc., a subsidiary of Ingram Corporation, New Orleans.

Cyrus Webb, president of American Tankships, struck the initial arc signaling the beginning of construction. C. Larry French, president and chief operating officer, represented NASSCO in the ceremony.

The product carrier is a new NASSCO design designated the Ingram Class. It will be 658 feet in length, 90 feet in beam, have a 36-foot draft, and will carry 300,000 barrels of refined petroleum and petrochemical products from refineries to distribution centers. It will be powered by a Sulzer type slow-speed diesel.

In December 1979, NASSCO signed a contract with American Tankships for construction of up to five Ingram Class product carriers.

NASSCO has received firm commitments for two of these vessels. American Tankships still has the right under the contract to cancel any of the remaining three vessels up to stated dates between now and June 1982.

The vessels will incorporate the most modern equipment available and will meet the latest safety and environmental protection standards, including double bottoms, a clean segregated ballast system, an inert gas system, a sewage treatment plant, collisionavoidance radar, and a backup steering system.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 16,  Jun 15, 1981

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