Foreign-flagged tankers hauling oil from Trans-Alaska Pipeline for first time in decades

    This hasn't happened in Alaska since the peak of pipeline volume in the 1980s overwhelmed west coast refineries.

    Foreign-flagged tankers are hauling oil from the Trans-Alaska Pipeline for the first time in decades.

    The Alaska Dispatch Reports that two ships flagged in the Bahamas took on loads from the Valdez terminal on July 29th and August 6th, for delivery to China.

    B-P chartered the ships while the usual U-S flagged tankers are idle for maintenance.

    Only U-S ships were allowed to export Alaskan Crude, until foreign shipments ended in the 1990s. When Congress reauthorized oil exports last year, it allowed foreign-flagged ships. That hasn't happened in Alaska since the peak of pipeline volume in the 1980s overwhelmed west coast refineries.

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