New Orleans, Louisiana,
10:43 PM

Welcome to the fleet!

On May 5, Marathon Petroleum Corporation’s (MPC’s) third in the series of four new Jones Act product tankers was christened at a ceremony at the Julia Street Cruise Terminal in the Port of New Orleans. More than 100 attendees representing the joint venture of MPC and Crowley Maritime Corporation, and shipbuilder Philly Shipyard Inc., watched as Carrie Templin, wife of MPC Executive Vice President Don Templin, carried out the time-honored tradition of christening the vessel by breaking a ceremonial bottle of champagne across the hull.

The 50,000 ton, 600-foot long MR Tanker Louisiana will operate in the U.S. Gulf and up the East Coast, and is capable of carrying 330,000 barrels of crude oil or refined petroleum products. The Louisiana and her three sister ships will be the first tankers ever to receive the American Bureau of Shipping’s LNG-Ready Level 1 approval, giving the option to convert the tankers to liquefied natural gas for propulsion in the future. Philly Shipyard Inc., which also built sister ships Ohio (October 2015) and Texas (December 2015), is currently constructing the West Virginia, the fourth vessel of the series.

“This is a great day of celebration for Crowley, MPC, Philly Shipyard and all the people who had a role in bringing this great ship to life,” said Tom Crowley, Crowley’s chairman and CEO. “We also celebrate the men and women seafarers who will be counted on to operate her safely and reliably for our partner and customer, Marathon Petroleum. There is nothing more important.”

“The Louisiana will take a vital role in transporting light products from Texas and Louisiana to ports in Florida and along the East Coast,” said John Swearingen, MPC senior vice president, Transportation and Logistics. "Seeing this amazing vessel makes me exceptionally proud of what our industry can accomplish.”