July 9, 1987 |
Denouncing President Reagan's Persian Gulf policy, the House voted 222-184 yesterday for a 90-day delay in reflagging 11 Kuwaiti oil tankers under U.S. military protection. Although proponents of the legislation claimed victory, they acknowledged that it was largely symbolic since the restriction was unlikely to become law before mid-July, when the first reflagging is to take effect. "What we are doing today is sending signals," said Rep. Les Aspin (D., Wis.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.
January 12, 1993 |
The Pentagon has awarded a $3 million research contract to advance manufacturing techniques for a radical double-hull oil tanker that could bring the shipbuilding business back to the United States and reopen the old PennShip yards in Chester. The proposed tankers would have a brand name, Marc Guardian, and about 1,500 people, many of them semi-skilled workers, would assemble them, said Richard Goldbach, president of Metro Machine Corp., of Norfolk, Va. The tankers would be assembled from modules that would be built using factory technology.
April 1, 1989 |
On the eve of the opening of the Alaskan oil pipeline 12 years ago, President Jimmy Carter ordered a regulation that would have required protective, double bottoms on all new oil tankers. On tankers the size of the 987-foot Exxon Valdez, now grounded in the Prince William Sound off Alaska, double bottoms provide about six feet of space between the steel forming the outer hull and another layer of steel forming the huge tanks that hold the petroleum cargo. "Double bottoms will prevent accidental pollution when the penetration is of a limited depth," because the tanks holding the oil would not have been pierced, said Joe Angelo, assistant chief of the Coast Guard's merchant vessel inspection division.
December 29, 1994 |
The number of oil tankers complying with a new post-Exxon Valdez oil spill law more than doubled during the last two weeks, averting a potentially catastrophic nationwide winter oil shortage, oil-industry sources said yesterday. "We're not home free, but we're breathing a lot easier," Sun Co. spokesman Tom Baldwin said. More than a dozen ships steaming toward Sun's Philadelphia-area refineries now have the required insurance certificates, whereas only two did in mid- December, Baldwin said.
October 29, 2005 |
In the modern version of the traditional keel-laying ceremony, final assembly began yesterday on the first of 10 product tanker ships to be built here over the next five years. The tankers are being built at the Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, formerly called the Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard, for charter by Overseas Shipholding Group Inc., of New York. Eric Smith, assistant vice president for Overseas Shipholding's fleet of 103 oceangoing ships, said his company would have a charter agreement in place by the time the ship is finished late next year.
October 3, 2015 |
Aker Philadelphia Shipyard said it delivered on Wednesday the first of four product tankers to Crowley Maritime Corp., based in Jacksonville, Fla. Aker said, in a statement, that it was the first vessel built at the South Philadelphia commercial yard "with consideration for the use of LNG for propulsion in the future. " Aker, which plans to change its name to Philly Shipyard this month,is building three more product tankers for Crowley, with planned deliveries through 2016. The tankers can transport 14.5 million gallons of crude oil or refined petroleum products.
November 18, 2011 |
The U.S. Congress approved delayed legislation on Friday that will allow Sunoco Inc. to transport ethane, a form of liquefied natural gas (LNG), from the Philadelphia area to the gulf coast. By unanimous consent, the House on Friday approved a bill that permits three LNG tankers to participate in "coastwise" trade - carrying cargo between U.S. ports. The Senate approved the legislation on Thursday. The Mariner Project, a joint venture between Sunoco Logistics Partners L.P. and MarkWest Energy Partners L.P., would transport ethane produced from the Marcellus Shale by pipeline to Marcus Hook and then by sea to the gulf coast, where ethane is used to make plastics.
August 24, 1987 |
The latest convoy of reflagged Kuwaiti tankers and U.S. warships steamed through the Persian Gulf last night, varying its movements and maintaining radio silence to confound potential attackers. Shipping sources said that three oil tankers, a liquefied-gas carrier and their combat escorts were sailing uneventfully through calm seas toward the Strait of Hormuz, at the mouth of the gulf, where Iran has prepared launching sites for Chinese-made Silkworm antiship missiles. Pentagon officials provided no information on the convoy's movements.
May 24, 1987
Flying the American flag from 11 Kuwaiti oil tankers plying the Persian Gulf sounds, on the face of it, like a sure-fire recipe for trouble. The Iranians have a habit of attacking Kuwaiti vessels because of Kuwait's quiet support for Iraq in the gulf war. Considering that the tankers are carrying oil that is bound primarily for Western Europe and Japan, many Americans might feel tempted to ask why the United States is risking military confrontation so...