NASSCO Cuts Steel for SEA-Vista’s Tanker Trio

first_imgzoom General Dynamics NASSCO has cut the first steel for three 50,000 deadweight ton, 330,000 barrel cargo capacity product tankers for SEA-Vista LLC, a joint venture between SEACOR Holdings Inc. and Avista Capital Partners.Each LNG-conversion ready product tanker will be constructed at the NASSCO shipyard in San Diego under Jones Act requirements.Representatives from General Dynamics NASSCO and SEA-Vista attended the start of construction ceremony held at the NASSCO shipyard on Friday, November 7.The honoree, Mrs. Debora Denning, wife of SEACOR Vice President of Engineering Tom Denning, signaled the beginning of construction by pressing a button to cut the first piece of steel.General Dynamics NASSCO Vice President and General Manager Kevin M. Graney said: “NASSCO remains committed to building the most economical and environmentally-sound products for Jones Act owners and operators—and these tankers exemplify that commitment. Our partnership with SEA-Vista is a clear indication that NASSCO is the shipyard of choice for Jones Act tankers.”These new 610-foot-long vessels are a continuation of the ECO MR Tanker design.The tankers were designed by DSEC, a subsidiary of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) of Busan, South Korea.DSEC’s ECO design achieves improved fuel efficiency through several features, including a G-series MAN ME slow-speed main engine and an optimized hull form.The tankers will have conversion-capable, dual-fuel-capable auxiliary engines and the ability to accommodate the future installation of an LNG fuel-gas system and tanks.Press Release; Image: NASSCOlast_img read more

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UNESCO condemns murder of magazine editor in Dagestan Russia

19 May 2011The head of the United Nations agency charged with promoting press freedom today deplored the murder in Dagestan, Russia, of the editor of an Avar-language magazine. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), citing information from the non-governmental organization (NGO) Reporters Without Borders, said the editor Yakhya Magomedov was shot four times as he left the home of his brother, a police officer, near the northern city of Khasavyurt.Mr. Magomedov was the editor of Avar-language version of As-Salam, which is also published in Russian and six Caucasian languages and distributed by volunteers. The magazine covers Islamic beliefs and practices.“The news of Yakhya Magomedov’s killing is troubling,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova. “The death of a journalist in violent and unexplained circumstances is always a setback for freedom of expression and freedom of the press. I deplore this killing and call on the authorities to investigate this murder and bring those responsible for it to justice.” read more

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