Images of MT ‘Palmetto State’ Sailing Upstream in the Houston Ship Channel
Products & Chemicals Tanker, 48,600 DWT, built in 2017 at Gen. Dynamics NASSCO, USA
MT ‘Palmetto State’ is a Jones Act Products and Chemicals Tanker, qualified in the cabotage trade within territorial national waters; Jones Act vessels have to be a) built in the United States, b) owned by U.S.-citizens and c) crewed by U.S.-citizens. The estimated replacement cost of a Jones Act Products & Chemicals Tanker, similar to MT ‘Palmetto State’ is an estimated $140 mil in 2018. MT ‘Palmetto State’ was built in the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego, CA. There is nome more shipbuilder in the USA capable of building similar vessels, the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard in Philadelphia, PA. We had the opportunity to photograph MT ‘Ohio’ (similar tanker but built at Aker Philadelphia) in New Orleans, LA in December 2015.
VESSEL IDENTIFICATION & DESCRIPTION: Launch Name was Palmetto State. Handy Tanker, Call Sign KPSJ, IMO Number 9747584. Built at Gen. Dynamics NASSCO, Double Hull, United States Flagged, ABS Classed, Length Overall of 185.95 m., Length Between Perpendiculars of 178.00 m., Draught of 12.80 m., Beam of 32.00 m., 56.70 Tonnes per Centimeter Immersion, Gross Tonnage of 29,525, ECO 50K PRODUCT, MAN B. & W. Engine, Speed of 14.50 kts, Heavy Fuel Oil, Horsepower of 9,925.
VESSEL OWNERS & MANAGERS: American Petroleum Tankers LLC, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. American Petroleum Tankers LLC is a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan.
CARGO HANDLING DETAILS: Cargo Capacity of 51,225 cu.m., Segregated Ballast Tanks, 12 Tanks, 12 Pumps with a total Capacity of 14,400 cu.m., Epoxy Tank Coating, IMO Class 3, Heat Exchangers, Maximum heating capacity of 66 degrees Celsius, 6 Cargo Separations. 6 Cargo Manifolds, Closed Loading System, Manifold height above deck of 1.80 m., Distance from bow to centre manifold is 89.96 m., 12 Centrifugal Pump(s), Maximum operating capacity of cargo pumps is 14,400 t/hr, Crude Oil Washing.
OTHER DETAILS: 1 x Boiler, Oil/Gas fired – Kangrim – PB0301AS18, 1 x Boiler, Composite – Kangrim, 1 x Screw Shaft. 2 x BWTS – Ballast Water Treatment System – TechCross ECS-600 – Electro-Cleen™ at 600cu.m/hr, 2 x BWTS – Ballast Water Treatment System – TechCross ECS-150 – Electro-Cleen™ at 150cu.m/hr, 1 x BWTS – Ballast Water Treatment System – TechCross ECS-450 – Electro-Cleen™ at 450cu.m/hr.
LIFTING EQUIPMENT: 2 x Cranes SWL 4 tons, 1 x Crane Hose SWL 10 tons, 1 x Gantry, No Cargo Gear.
MAIN ENGINE, AUXILLIARIES & PROPULSION:
MAIN ENGINE is designed to be LNG ready. 1 x Diesel – MAN B. & W. 6G50ME-B9.3 – 2-stroke 6-cyl. 500mm x2500mm bore/stroke 7,300mkW total at 88.50rpm.
AUXILIARIES: 3 x Aux. Diesel Gen – MAN Diesel & Turbo4-stroke driving 3 x Hyundai Electric HFJ7 568-08P – AC generator(s) at 3,000ekW total, (3,750kVA total).
PROPULSION: 1 x FP Propeller (Aft Centre) (mechanical) (Ni-Al Bronze), Samwoo, 100rpm.
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