The world tanker fleet is growing and so is the tanker orderbook. International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (Intertanko) figures show that on Feb. 1 there were 3,273 tankers and combined carriers with a total 279.25 million dwt in the world fleet. That's up from Jan. 1, 1989, when the fleet stood at 3,206 vessels of 271.35 million dwt. Orders for new tankers are still being placed despite uncertainties over possible U.S. legislation on double hulled and double bottomed vessels that could limit their voyages to other parts of the globe. Intertanko figures show 279 tankers and combined carriers on order a...

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