Quincy Yard Christens Its Tenth Liquefied Gas Ship

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The Louisiana (shown above), the 10th liquefied natural gas tanker to be built by General Dynamics in the past three years, was christened recently in ceremonies at the corporation's Quincy shipyard.

Mrs. Dwight H. Seely Jr. of Houston, wife of the chairman and chief executive officer of Trunkline LNG Company, Houston, christened the 936-foot ship that will transport LNG from Algeria to the United States. The vessel's five spherical cargo tanks have a total capacity of 125,000 cubic meters of LNG at minus 265 F.

The Louisiana will have a crew of 80. She has a design speed of 20 knots and can load and unload her cargo in 12 hours. She will fly the American flag and will be manned by American crews.

She was built for Lachmar, a partnership of subsidiaries representing Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company, Houston; Moore McCormack Bulk Transport Company, Stamford, Conn., and General Dynamics, St. Louis. Trunkline Gas, a subsidiary of Panhandle, has a purchase contract for the gas with Sonatrach, the national oil and gas company of Algeria.

Eight LNG tankers previously built at Quincy have made a total of 274 round trips and have delivered over 33 million cubic meters of liquefied natural gas from Indonesia to Japan. The Louisiana and her sister ship, the Lake Charles, which was completed earlier this year for Lachmar, will transport gas to the U.S. Gulf Coast. They are the last of the fleet of 10 LNGs under construction at Quincy.

Participants in the christening ceremonies included David S. Lewis, chairman and chief executive officer of General Dynamics, and P. Takis Veliotis, executive vice president of General Dynamics for marine operations.

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