New double-hull tanker begins Alaska service for Tesoro

Posted: Friday, August 04, 2000

NIKISKI (AP) -- A new double-hull tanker has begun working the Alaska trade, servicing three refineries owned and operated by Tesoro Petroleum Corp.

The refineries are at Nikiski, on the Kenai Peninsula, Anacortes, Wash., and at Kapolei, Hawaii.

The 46,000-ton HMI Cape Lookout Shoals, one of Hvide Marine's (HMI) new U.S.-flagged Lightship-class double-hull tankers, began its new charter the first week of August operating under a three-year contract with Gold Star Maritime, a subsidiary of Tesoro Maritime Co.

The HMI Cape Lookout Shoals' inaugural voyage under the charter was a seven-day trip from Alaska to Hawaii, but the tanker primarily will be used in northern waters, Tesoro said in a news release.

Its typical itinerary includes transporting Cook Inlet crude oil from the Drift River Loading Platform to the Kenai Pipe Line Company (KPL) dock, which services the nearby Tesoro Alaska Refinery at Nikiski.

It alwo will take Alaska North Slope crude oil from Valdez to the Anacortes refinery, officials said.

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