WARNING ISSUED ON DOUBLE HULL REQUIREMENT

Regulators' double hull requirements for tankers in the wake of the Exxon Valdez oil spill off Alaska are likely to have widespread consequences, says an international management consulting firm. It appears that new rules will require at least one third of the world's tankers and much of the U.S. barge fleet to be rebuilt within some legislated time frame, probably 7-15 years, says Brent Dibner, a vice-president of Temple, Barker & Sloane, Lexington, Mass.

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