Keel-Laying At NASSCO Held For Third Union Oil Product Carrier

The recent keel-laying ceremony at National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO), San Diego, Calif., initiated construction on a third 37,500-dwt product carrier being built by NASSCO for Union Oil Company of California. George Stiehl, manager of new construction, Union Oil Company, struck the initial arc, signaling the beginning of construction. John Smith, vice president, yard operations, represented NASSCO in the keel-laying ceremony. The product carriers are a new NASSCO design designated as the Carlsbad Class. They will be 658 feet in length, 100 feet in beam, have a 33-foot draft, and will carry 250,000 barrels of refined petroleum and petrochemical products from refineries to distribution centers.

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, collision avoidance radar, and a backup steering system. They will have steam turbine engines for maximum fuel efficiency and conservation. The first product carrier is scheduled for delivery in May 1981, the second in July 1981, and the third in October 1981. The vessels will be used to transport oil products from Union Oil's Beaumont, Texas, refinery to terminals on the Gulf and Atlantic Coasts.

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