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Cruising Alaska, July 2007 - Victoria-Seattle-Whitehorse

We saw a lot of freighter traffic in the strait, including this impressive new Endeavour Class oil tanker. The Polar Enterprise is a double-hulled tanker designed specifically for the transport of Alaska crude oil from Valdez to the West Coast of the United States and Hawaii. The requirement for double hulls was brought about as a result of the Exxon Valdez disaster in 1989. Owned by Polar Tankers, a subsidiary of ConocoPhillips, she loaded her first cargo at Valdez this past February. The vessel's sister ships, Polar Endeavour, Polar Resolution, Polar Discovery and Polar Adventure, were commissioned in 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 respectively.

This photograph is © 2007 by Murray Lundberg, and is not to be copied without express permission.
Polar Enterprise oil tanker