New Phillips tanker enters Alaska waters

Posted: Thursday, July 25, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Phillips Petroleum Co.'s second new double-hulled tanker, the Polar Resolution, sailed into the Port of Valdez this week and loaded its first cargo of Alaska North Slope crude oil.

The vessel is the second of the five ''Endeavour'' Class crude oil carriers that will be added to Phillips' fleet each year until 2005.

The crude oil carriers are built specifically for Alaska trade in compliance with the Federal Oil Pollution Act of 1990. The act was passed following the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

The next tanker, the Polar Discovery, will join the fleet in 2003. The tankers are valued at more than $200 million each.

The tankers are built with double hulls, as well as two independent engine rooms, twin propellers and twin rudders.

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