Second of Millennium class tankers coming to Alaska

Posted: Friday, February 23, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phillips Alaska Inc. is about to get its second Millennium class tanker to carry Alaska North Slope crude oil.

The Polar Resolution will be christened March 3 in New Orleans. It is built by Polar Tankers, the Long Beach, Calif.-based shipping unit of Phillips Alaska. The $200 million vessel is expected to arrive in Alaska the spring of 2002.

The Millennium Class tankers are the first new crude carriers built specifically for the Alaskan trade in compliance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. The tankers are built with double hulls.

The first of the four tankers, the Polar Endeavor, is expected to arrive in Alaska by May.

Each of the new tankers is capable of carrying more than 1 million barrels of cargo.

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