Shipping is the most efficient means of moving cargo worldwide, with ships carrying more than 90% of global trade by water. As ships transit through many jurisdictions and can cross several boundaries in one voyage, the international governance of shipping is essential for industry to maintain a degree of consistency and global acceptance.Read More
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Liberty Bay – US flag Jones Act tanker
The 2014 delivered Aframax newbuilding, Alaska Bay, is purpose built for Senator McCain’s beloved Jones Act protected crude oil trade between Aalaka and the US west coast.
Built by Aker Philadephia Shipyard to a Samsung design
Owned and operated by SeaRiver Maritime, Houston, Texas (ExxonMobil affiliate)
GRT 62,318 tons
DWT 115,000 MT
Main Engine: M AN-B&W 6S60M E-C8.2, 2-stroke, 6-cylinder
Design speed 15 knots
Sister ship: Eagle Bay (now fitting out)
Liberty Bay and her sister Eagle Bay were built to replace existing double-hull tankers operating on the Alaska-West Coast route and are the largest vessels ever built at Aker Philadelphia, according to the shipyard. ExxonMobil says the two ships came at an aggregate price of $400 million.
The vessels are equipped with ballast water treatment systems and hulls have been treated with a non-tin based anti-fouling coating, which will help prevent the accumulation of non-native organisms. Other safety and environmental features include crew fall protection equipment, a deck rainwater collection system, an oil mist and gas detection system and a non-halon fire-fighting system. The main engine and auxiliaries conform to IMO Tier II standards along with a waste heat recovery system and energy efficient deck lighting.
Several features provide for a high level of service reliability. The frames of the ship have been specially reinforced to withstand the forces generated by the powerful escort tugs routinely used in Prince William Sound. Steel piping, the sea chest, and cargo tank sumps have all been upgraded and other systems, such as the cooling water system, main engine exhaust valves, and fuel oil tank low level alarms, include redundancy features to improve performance reliability.