NASSCO Lays Keel Of 44,000-Dwt Product Carrier For American Trading

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A keel-laying ceremony recently at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), San Diego, Calif., marked the start of construction of the Chesapeake Trader—the first in a series of 44,000-dwt petroleum product carriers being: built for American Trading Transportation Company, Inc., of New York. Frank J. Murphy, chairman of the board of American Trading, served as keel-layer; Richard H. Vortmann, executive vice president, represented NASSCO at the ceremony.

The vessel is the first of a series of three product carriers being built at NASSCO which are scheduled to join the American Trading fleet in late 1982 and early 1983. American Trading has options to construct three additional vessels of the same design. The new La Jolla-class vessels will be approximately 658 feet in overall length, with a Panamax beam of just under 106 feet. The fully coated vessels will meet current Coast Guard safety and environmental requirements and will have segregated ballast systems with double bottoms, crude oil washing, and an inert gas system.

The vessels will be capable of transporting both crude oil and a full range of petroleum products. The 15-knot vessels will be powered by 11,400-bhp Sulzer slow-speed diesel engines, and will be fitted with fully automated engine rooms designed for unattended operation.

American Trading Transportation Company operates a fleet of U.S.-flag tankers and is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Trading and Production Corporation, a diversified Baltimorebased concern. NASSCO is a wholly owned subsidiary of Morrison- Knudsen Company, Inc.

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