SeaRiver commissions double-hull Alaska tanker design

SeaRiver Maritime, the US transportation affiliate of ExxonMobil Corp., reached an agreement with National Steel & Shipbuilding Co. (Nassco) to develop a contract design for a 750,000 bbl capacity, double-hull tanker for transport of Alaskan crude to West Coast refineries.San Diego-based Nassco, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, said the contract design package would include a price and delivery proposal for the detail design and construction of at least two new vessels.That announcement follows court action last October in which Houston-based SeaRiver sought to overturn the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, passed after the Exxon Valdez grounded on Bligh Reef on Mar. 24, 1989, and spilled 242,0...

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