On 6 May 2016, continuing its innovative vessel build program, Crowley Maritime Corporation christened the third of four new, Jones Act product tankers on Thursday at the Julia Street Cruise Terminal in New Orleans.

The 50,000dwt, 330,000-barrel-capacity Louisiana joins two Crowley sisterships, Texas and Ohio, to be the first tankers ever to receive the American Bureau of Shipping’s LNG-Ready Level 1 approval, giving Crowley the option to convert the tanker to liquefied natural gas for propulsion in the future.

Attendees representing Marathon Petroleum Corporation, the vessel’s charterer, and shipbuilder Philly Shipyard Inc., watched as Carrie Templin, wife of Don Templin, Marathon executive vice president, carried out the time-honored tradition of christening the shipyard by breaking a ceremonial bottle of champagne across the hull at the Port of New Orleans.

The new tankers are based on a proven Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) design that incorporates numerous fuel efficiency features, flexible cargo capability, and the latest regulatory requirements. Similar to its sister ships, Louisiana is 600ft long and is capable of carrying crude oil or refined petroleum products, as well as other chemical products.

Construction management services were provided by Crowley’s marine solutions group, which provides oversight and management in shipyards across the country for Crowley and other third-party companies. PSI (formerly known as Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc.), is the sole operating subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA. PSI also built the tankers Texas and Ohio for Crowley, and the fourth ship in the program is under construction with delivery planned for third quarter 2016.

Crowley is one of the largest independent operators of petroleum barges and tankers in the United States. The company owns and operates a diverse fleet of double-hull, 330,000 bbl capacity tankers, and articulated tug barges (ATBs) ranging in size from 155,000 bbl to 330,000 bbl capacity. Additionally, Crowley provides tanker management services for other U.S. companies.

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