AET Contracts LEEVAC Shipyard for up to 6 Newbuild Lightering Support Vessels

AET Lightering operation Eagle Virginia Eagle Columbus
Lightering operation - Eagle Virginia and Eagle Columbus, image courtesy AET

LEEVAC Shipyards was recently contracted by Houston-based AET Lightering Services to build two (2) 187 x 46 x 15 Lightering Support Vessels with a series of options for up to six (6) additional vessels. These vessels will primarily service the lightering activity of AET in the Gulf of Mexico, based out of the Port of Galveston. Delivery on these vessels began with the AET “Innovator” in October, 2011 and continued with the delivery of the AET “Excellence” in January, 2012. With the launching of the “Partnership” it marks the third vessel launched in the series of Lightering Support Vessels.

LEEVAC is a world-class shipbuilder headquartered in Louisiana, and has been recognized as a quality new construction shipyard for over 45 years, “We are very excited about having this opportunity to build a relationship with AET” commented owner Christian Vaccari.

AET is a leading worldwide petroleum shipping company. “With a continuing focus on quality, we are currently investing in a new fleet of workboats and enhancing our shore side support facilities in Galveston. At AETwe are proud to command the largest share of the US Gulf lightering market and to enjoy the best on-time performance of any US Gulf operator, we look to LEEVAC to provide those workboats in the coming years” according to Bill Merritt, General Manager AET.