Alyeska puts floating dock up for sale

Posted: Sunday, June 08, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) With less oil flowing down the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, one of the huge floating docks used to load southbound tankers is sitting unused.

Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. recently put an ad in trade journals to see if anyone is interested in Berth No. 1, said Alyeska spokesman Mike Heatwole. If there is interest, he said, Alyeska will set up a formal competitive bid.

The dock has been idle since 1995, when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency required that docks have equipment to catch toxic vapors that float off during tanker loading.

Two berths were fitted with the equipment, Heatwole said, and now they host all tankers.

Stan Jones of Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council said the organization is not concerned about the sale of Berth No. 1 but would like to see the other unused dock fitted with vapor controls in case one of Alyeska's two working docks goes out of service for repairs.

The council is a watchdog organization that monitors the tanker operations at Valdez.

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