The Bellingham Business Journal
Representatives from Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) and the oil tank vessel industry met in Seattle this morning to award Polar Tankers with Ecology’s Exceptional Compliance Program (ECOPRO) Award. The award was given to the subsidiary of ConocoPhillips Co. for achieving excellence in marine safety and environmental stewardship.
Polar Tankers operates U.S.-flagged crude oil tankers on the West Coast including Washington, Oregon, California, Alaska, Hawaii and Canada. Its five modern, Endeavour Class tankers are specifically designed to carry crude oil in an environmentally safe manner. The double-hulled vessels feature 10 feet of space between the inner and outer hulls, two independent engine rooms, redundant propulsion and twin steering systems, a bow thruster and state-of-the-art navigation systems.
“The mariners and employees of Polar Tankers are proud to achieve this important milestone with the state of Washington,” said Polar’s Capt. George P. McShea Jr., who accepted the award. “We understand our responsibility to the stakeholders of Washington. Achieving ECOPRO status is further demonstration of our commitment to those stakeholders, protecting the local marine environment, and meeting the highest standards of maritime safety.”