Conferees A g r e e On Scheduling Of Tanker Double-Hull Phase-In

Although the legislation has yet to be approved, it appears that all oceangoing tankers operating within U.S. waters will have to be equipped with a double hull by 2015, according to a recent proposal by a joint House-Senate conferee committee.

A joint committee made up of Congressional conferees recently unanimously voted to include a double- hull provision in pending oil spill liability and compensation legislation.

The conferees included the following stipulations as part of the double-hull requirement: •New tankers built in the U.S.

must have double hulls; •All tankers trading in the U.S.

must have double hulls by 2010; •Single-hull tankers operating to deepwater terminals or in lightering operations 60 miles off the U.S.

coast will be phased out by 2010 and those with either a double bottom or double sides by 2015; •A sliding scale will be used from 1995 to 2000 to phase-out single- Circle 245 on Reader Service Card hull tankers; beginning in January 1995, all tankers 28 years old or more will be excluded from U.S.

waters; Oil barges and tankers in U.S.

domestic and inland waterways trades would not be exempt from the double-hull requirement.

The oil spill liability and compensation legislation is expected to be passed by both Houses and approved by President Bush later this year.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 41,  Aug 1990

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