Sparks fly as work is being done on a ship under construction at Aker Philadelphia Shipyard. (Clem Murray / Staff Photographer)
Aker Philadelphia Shipyard continues a long history of shipbuilding in Philadelphia, dating to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, which operated on that same site in South Philadelphia.
These days, most big commercial ships are built in Asia. Aker was kept very busy, building 16 ships in 10 years. And the company has managed to keep going, although ship orders dried up here - and around the world - during the recession.
The two-tanker deal with an affiliate of Exxon Mobil Corp. should guarantee Aker work through 2014.