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Overseas Tampa, one of the "Veteran" Class (MT-46 design) Jones Act products tankers built by Aker Philadelphia Shipyard and operated by OSG Ship Management (OSG) has been successfully converted to a shuttle tanker at Remontowa Shiprepair Yard S.A., member of the Remontowa Holding grup.

This project proved that significant high-tech conversions, allowing for change of the Jones Act ship's functionality and widening its deployment opportunities are possible abroad. For "Remontowa", with a rich reference list of tanker to shuttle tanker conversions, so far - mainly for Nordic customers, the recently completed job also means getting a foothold on a new market for similar conversions.
It is interesting to note, that prior to arrival of the ship to Polish yard, the United States authorities had to issue a determination that the work involved "would not result in the vessel being deemed to have been rebuilt foreign and would not jeopardise the vessel's eligibility to engage in the coastwise trades of the United States (i.e. the Jones Act)".
Previously Remontowa S.A. has completed numerous conventional to shuttle tanker conversions, mainly for Norwegian owners, but this one was the first one to be carried out for the Owner outside Europe.
When the ship was berthed at our quay on June 10, 2014, the yard had already had prefabrication works well advanced, so some components and structures had been waiting for the ship, when it arrived. For example the thruster compartment was prefabricated and outfitted in some 80 percent at the time of the ship's arrival. Then it was installed on the ship in one pre-outfitted section. The technology adopted and project schedule regime allowed to complete the job within contractual timeframe. The ship left Remontowa S.A. at the end of July, 2014. The shipyard, experienced in conventional to shuttle tankers conversions, has passed the American exam.  
The 46,666 dwt Overseas Tampa was built in 2011 at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard Inc. (APSI) as a Jones Act vessel and delivered to the American Shipping Co (AMSC) in April 2011 (it was the twelfth Veteran Class / MT-46 design product tanker to be delivered). She was then leased to OSG. The US-flagged vessel was 182.90 m long over all, 32.20 m wide and was drawing 12.2 m at 56,242 ton displacement and 46,666 ton deadweight, while its gross tonnage was 29 242, when it arrived to Gdansk yard. Some of the principal particulars changed slightly in result of the conversion. She has six pairs of cargo tanks with a combined capacity of 52,650 cu m and can load and discharge at a rate of 3,500 cu m per hour.
According to industry sources, the conversion work performed by Gdansk-based Remontowa S.A. was meant to enable the vessel to shuttle crude oil from the Shell Stones field. Initially, the Stones field will have two subsea production wells tied back to an FPSO and will have a daily production rate of 50,000 barrels. The Overseas Tampa is capable of taking on board six days production in 15 hours. The FPSO is located around 320 km southwest of New Orleans, which is within a day’s voyage. Phase I of the development is planned for completion in 2016 and this will be followed by a further six wells, which will be drilled at a later stage and connected to the FPSO.

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