Tesoro Expands Relationship with OSG and Charters Two Additional Jones Act Product Tankers
Overseas Shipholding Group (OSGIQ)
announced that time charter agreements have been signed for two more Jones Act commercial product tankers being built at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard. The agreements were made between OSG and Gold Star Maritime Company
, an affiliate of Tesoro Corporation (TSO)
(Tesoro), an independent refiner and marketer of petroleum products.
Tesoro has chartered a total of four Jones Act commercial product tankers from OSG. Four additional time charters have been previously announced, two to Shell Oil and two to BP Shipping, bringing the number
of ships chartered of OSG's ten-ship order to eight. Four tankers are currently under construction at the yard, with the first, the Overseas Houston, slated to be named on November 11, 2006. The balance of the tankers will be delivered through 2010.