Aker Shipyard christens ‘Florida’ tanker [photos]

    Representatives from the Crowley Maritime Corporation and Philadelphia’s Aker Shipyard spent an unusually warm January morning christening The Florida, the tanker Crowley has acquired from Aker.

    Built in and owned and crewed by the United States, the Florida will operate in the Gulf serving a major oil company.

    Crowley is one of the largest U.S.-flagged petroleum transportation companies in the nation, and the tanker is no slacker either.


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    At 45,800 deadweight tons, the Florida weighs about as much as 49,320 Liberty Bells.

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