HARD AGROUND - Wreck of the Exxon Valdez - March 24, 1989


The Event
The Clean-Up
The Impact On Life
The Captain
The Ship
The Legal Battles
The Legacy

Reading List/a>
Image Gallery


ADN Archives

User Agreement


Sponsored by:
Daily News

Story Index:
Main | The Ship
Overall: story 379 of 380 Previous Next
The Ship story 22 of 22 Previous Last


Daily News Business Editor

Anchorage Daily News
Date: 11/29/98
Day: Sunday
Edition: Final
Section: Business
Page: D1

ANCHORAGE- The first of three double-hulled tankers that Arco Marine Inc. is building to carry Alaska oil is about halfway constructed and should be ready for launching in 15 months, Arco said last week.

In 1990, Congress gave the Alaska oil shippers 20 years to replace their tanker fleets with ships that have two hulls. A year earlier, the single-hull Exxon Valdez ran aground on Bligh Reef and spilled nearly 11 million gallons of crude into Prince William Sound. A second hull between the tanker's oil and the reef might have prevented or reduced the spill.

The Arco Endeavour will be first into the water from the Avondale Industries shipyard in New Orleans, with a dedication scheduled for February 2000. The second ship, the Arco Resolution, should be ready in August of that year. And the Arco Discovery is slated for launching in the first three months of 2001.

Those ship names might sound dimly familiar to Alaskans, as they were taken from the three boats Capt. James Cook used to explore the North Pacific in the 1700s.

Each ship is expected to cost $180 million, to extend 895 feet and to weigh 125,000 tons when unloaded, the top deadweight for a tanker bound to Arco's refinery at Cherry Point, Wash., said Richard Ranger, manager of operational integrity for Arco Marine.

Arco's fleet consists of six crude-oil tankers now, with deadweights ranging from 70,000 tons to 265,000 tons, he said. Each of those ships eventually will be retired from the Alaska-West Coast trade.

Arco could order two more double-hulled tankers, for a total of five, depending on how much Alaska oil its parent company expects to be producing as of the year 2010. Atlantic Richfield Co. is the state's number two oil producer, behind British Petroleum.

A citizen's watchdog group that oversees Prince William Sound tanker traffic praises Arco's new-generation tankers.

''We are enthusiastic without qualification or reservation on those tankers,'' said Stan Jones, spokesman for the Regional Citizens Advisory Council.

''We're happy to see the double hulls coming in. We gave them (Arco) a plaque of appreciation because we liked it,'' he said.

''And we have noted that they went somewhat beyond the requirements in a couple of areas, which also makes us happy. And that was the installation of double rudders and double engine rooms. So these tankers can actually navigate and manage themselves if they have an engine failure or a rudder failure, because they've got two of each,'' Jones said.

Ranger said Arco ordered the second engine and rudder because the tankers will be under the control of a pilot in waters tricky to navigate for up to 30 percent of the trip, by time, between Valdez and Cherry Point.

Story Index:
Main | The Ship
Overall: story 379 of 380 Previous Next
The Ship story 22 of 22 Previous Last

Want to read more articles on this topic? ADNSearch.com has full-text articles published in the Anchorage Daily News Text Archives from late 1985 to the present - available to you with the click of your mouse. Make the Anchorage Daily News your source for Alaska and Anchorage history. Check out www.adnsearch.com right now!
All components of this site are copyright 1989-1999 by the Anchorage Daily News, Anchorage, Alaska unless otherwise noted. Unauthorized reproduction or use of any material available from this site is strictly prohibited. For information on obtaining reprints of, or republication rights to any of these materials, see Permissions.
We welcome your comments or questions regarding this site - webteam@adn.com
Anchorage Daily News Alaska's Eyewitness to History