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    Three 49.000 dwt ships for Shell Trading US

    SAN ANTONIO 05 July – American Heavy Lift Shipping has confirmed plans to build three 49,000-dwt US-built tankers to be chartered to Shell Trading US Co. San Antonio-based AHL said the three shallow-draught vessels will be designed to carry crude, chemicals and products and will be built with a “modular construction concept that allows different facets of construction to be conducted by the most qualified shipyard”. Hull construction and final assembly will be done by Mobile, Alabama-based Atlantic Marine, but several other companies will participate, including Aker Yards Marine, Louisiana Machinery, R&R Marine Shipbuilding and Ship Construction Strategies. AHL said the new vessels would be completed and placed on long-term charter to Shell Trading in 2009-2010. Shell Shipping general manager Bob Salmon noted that the ships’ shallow draught “will offer greater flexibility for port delivery across the US than any other vessels of the same size."

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