2nd Millennium class tanker soon to carry North Slope oil
The Polar Resolution was to be christened March 3 in New Orleans. It is built by Polar Tankers, the Long Beach, Calif.-based shipping unit of Phillips Alaska. The $200 million vessel is expected to arrive in Alaska the spring of 2002.
The Millennium class tankers are the first new crude carriers built specifically for the Alaska trade in compliance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. The tankers are built with double hulls.
The first of the four tankers, the Polar Endeavor, is expected to arrive in Alaska by May.
Each of the new tankers is capable of carrying more than 1 million barrels of cargo.