Fleet grows with addition of new product tanker
At a joint ceremony held at the Philly Shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, employees of Marathon Petroleum Corporation (MPC), Crowley Maritime Corp., and shipbuilder Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, gathered to celebrate the christening of the MT West Virginia – the last in the series of four new Jones Act product tankers built for the joint venture between MPC and Crowley. West Virginia joins sister ships Louisiana and Ohio (all chartered by MPC) and Texas (chartered by ExxonMobil), all of which were commissioned in 2015 and 2016.
“We are thrilled to welcome the West Virginia to our fleet,” remarks John Swearingen, MPC senior vice president, Transportation and Logistics. “This new venture is an exciting expansion to our company and further grows our logistical and transportation capabilities.”
True to the enduring nautical tradition of having a woman christen a new ship, Swearingen’s wife, Anne, had the honor of shattering a ceremonial bottle of champagne across West Virginia’s hull. The christening effectively blessed the ship to a long future of fair winds and following seas.
West Virginia is capable of carrying 330,000 barrels of crude oil or refined petroleum products, as well as various chemical cargoes. At 50,000 dead-weight tons, the four tankers are the first of their kind to receive the American Bureau of Shipping’s (ABS) LNG-Ready Level 1 approval.