Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, a leading U.S. commercial shipyard, held a traditional keel laying ceremony for the eighth MT-46 Veteran Class product tanker being constructed at the yard.
When completed, the vessel will join its seven other sister ships and be sold to American Shipping Company and subsequently bareboat chartered to OSG America. The yard currently has three other product tankers under construction in the series of twelve.
American Shipping Company (AMSC) owns and leases world-class quality vessels for operation between ports in the United States. When the current series of twelve tankers is completed in 2011, AMSC will own the most modern product tanker fleet in the United States; and it will be the first company in the United States to own shuttle tankers for use in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
The ceremony comes a short few weeks after an official agreement was signed to enter Aker Philadelphia Shipyard and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) into a partnership to improve the health and safety of workers. By working together on common safety goals, the program could make the yard eligible to apply for OSHA’s Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) in as early as two years.
Eighth product tanker from Aker Philadelphia for American Shipping