NASSCO Delivers 'S/S Coast Range'— Second Of Three Carlsbad Class For Union

The S/S Coast Range (shown above), a 37,500-dwt product carrier built by National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), San Diego, Calif., f o r Union Oil Company of California, was delivered to Union Oil recently in ceremonies at the San Diego shipyard. The ship was received by Glenn O. Burk, president of West Coast Shipping Company, which will operate the Coast Range.

The keel f o r the 658-foot vessel was laid June 2, 1980. The vessel was launched January 10, 1981.

The S / S Coast Range, a Carlsbad Class carrier with a capacity of 300,000 barrels, is capable of transporting 10 different products simultaneously. A cylindrical appendage-type bulbous bow improves vessel speed. A steam turbine engine provides maximum fuel efficiency and conservation.

The ship will carry products f r om Union Oil's refineries in Los Angeles and San Francisco to Alaska, Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast.

The S/S Coast Range is the second of three sister ships to be delivered to Union Oil this year.

NASSCO delivered the S / S Blue Ridge on June 27, 1981 (see MR of September 15, 1981, pg. 8 ) , and the S / S Sierra Madre is scheduled to be delivered in December.

T h e v e s s e l s incorporate the most modern equipment available and will meet the latest safety and e n v i r o n m e n t a l protection standards, including double bottoms, a clean segregated ballast system, an inert gas system, a sewage treatment plant, collision avoidance radar, and a backup steering system.

NASSCO currently has under contract six product carriers, two Navy destroyer tenders and a Navy cable repair ship. The company's backlog of new construction and repair work was approximately $559 million at the end of August. NASSCO has been engaged in marine construction for more than 35 years, and is wholly owned by M o r r i s o n - K n u d s en Company, Inc., Boise, Idaho.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 27,  Nov 1981

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