Ship Florida launched in Philly

Crowley Maritime Corp., the U.S. oil and chemical shipping firm, says it will christen the Florida, one of two U.S.-flagged tankers bought from the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard in South Philadelphia, Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. 

The 45,800-ton Florida can carry 330,000 barrels, or about the daily capacity of a big refinery. Nina Glende Johnsen, wife of Aker Philadelphia boss Kristian Rokke, will join Crowley CEO Tom Crowley to break the bottle and send the Crowley on its way.

Crowley says the ship will support 50 employees on deck and ashore down in the Gulf of Mexico, where it will shuttle between oilfields and oil and chemical plants.