PHILADELPHIA--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc. (APSI) welcomed Governor Corbett back to its facility today for an update on the state of the shipyard and a tour to view progress on the current tankers APSI is building for SeaRiver Maritime. The last time Governor Corbett visited APSI was September 2011 for the contract signing of the very same tanker program.
“We are thrilled to have the Governor return to our facility at a time when we are thriving”
Since Governor Corbett’s initial visit, the yard has reached its steady state employment of over 1,000 employees and has a backlog secured out Q3 2016, with two tankers for SeaRiver Maritime, Inc. underway and four product tankers for Crowley behind them. Governor Corbett toured the shipyard and met with employees to discuss the yard’s current opportunities and commitment to the future. He also spoke with a group of apprentices from the shipyard’s Apprentice Program. This program, started in 2004, recruits candidates with little or no shipbuilding experience and trains them to be multi-skilled shipbuilders. APSI’s Apprentice Program is currently full with 56 apprentices enrolled.
“We are thrilled to have the Governor return to our facility at a time when we are thriving,” said Kristian Rokke, Aker Philadelphia Shipyard President and CEO. ”Governor Corbett has been a strong advocate of our shipyard and I speak for all of the dedicated men and women of the shipyard in saying we are grateful for his personal support and are proud to be delivering on our commitments made to the state of Pennsylvania.”
APSI is currently constructing two 115,000 dwt crude oil carriers for SeaRiver Maritime, Inc., ExxonMobil Corporation’s U.S. marine affiliate. The 820 foot long tankers are intended to transport Alaskan North Slope crude oil from Prince William Sound to the U.S. West Coast. Both of these crude oil tankers are scheduled for delivery in 2014. APSI also has a signed agreement to build four 50,000 dwt product tankers for Crowley Maritime Corporation, with deliveries in 2015 and 2016. For more information on the shipyard, please visit www.akerphiladelphia.com.
Aker Philadelphia Shipyard is a leading U.S. commercial shipyard constructing vessels for operation in the Jones Act market. It possesses a state-of-the-art shipbuilding facility and has earned a reputation as the preferred provider of oceangoing merchant vessels with a track record of delivering quality ships. Aker Philadelphia Shipyard is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange and is 71.2 per cent owned by Converto Capital Fund, which in turn is majority-owned by Aker ASA. Aker is a Norwegian industrial investment company that creates value through active ownership. Aker's investment portfolio is concentrated on key Norwegian industries that are international in scope: oil and gas, fisheries and biotechnology, and marine assets. Aker's industrial holdings comprise ownership interests in Aker Solutions, Kvaerner, Det norske oljeselskap, Aker BioMarine, Ocean Yield and Havfisk.