Recent studies show health, future of oil tanker industry

Phillips Petroleum Co.'s double-hulled tanker Polar Endeavour began carrying Alaska North Slope crude oil this spring. It was the first of five state-of-the-art, double-hulled tankers planned for the company.... The Phillips tankers are the first to be built to haul Alaskan oil since passage of the federal Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA90) a year after the 11 million-gal Exxon Valdez spill in Prince William Sound. Photograph from Phillips Petroleum Co., Bartlesville, Okla.Click here to enlarge imageMidyear has seen release of three studies relating to petroleum and petroleum products tankers. A study of accidental oil spills by the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Lt...

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