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DOUBLE-HULL TANKER COMMISSIONED BY MOBIL

 /ADVANCE/ OPPAMA, Japan, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Mobil Corporation's "Eagle", a double hull, very large crude carrier (VLCC), was commissioned today at Sumitomo Heavy Industries, Limited's Oppama shipyard in Japan for Mobil Shipping and Transportation Company (MOSAT), a Mobil affiliate.
 The 280,000-deadweight-ton "Eagle" is the first double-hull vessel of her class to be owned by an oil company and the sixth double-hull VLCC in the world. She is 1,089 feet long, 190 feet wide, and will carry a cargo of 2.2 million barrels of crude oil.
 Construction began in early l992 following Mobil's decision to build the tanker with a double hull. Mobil's research, as well as studies by the National Academy of Sciences, had concluded that the double hull was the best available option in vessels of this size to safeguard the marine environment.
 The "Eagle's" double hull -- and other environmental and safety features of the vessel -- exceed the new, more stringent tanker safety standards set under the Oil Pollution Act of l990 and International Maritime Organization rules.
 Mobil developed and patented the design for the first double-bottom tanker in l968. Currently, ten ships in Mobil's fleet have double bottoms.
 The double hull is a further evolution of the double-bottom design. It extends the double bottom up the sides of the vessel to provide a second steel barrier between the cargo and the marine environment. Since the crude oil is carried in the interior tanks, the second steel skin could be penetrated without spilling cargo.
 Between the inner and outer hulls of the "Eagle" is a space about ten feet wide on the bottom and 13 feet wide on the sides. When the ship is fully loaded with crude oil, this space is empty. After the tanker has discharged its cargo, the protective space between the two hulls is filled with seawater as ballast for the return voyage.
 Mobil said that although the double hull adds significantly to the engineering complexity and cost of a VLCC, there is a commensurate increase in the vessel's safety and environmental security.
 The vessel's design is the result of a close working relationship between MOSAT's technical staff and Sumitomo. Special attention and care was given to safety, efficiency and ease of maintenance throughout the vessel. Her state-of-the-art integrated bridge system has advanced navigation and vessel tracking capabilities to minimize the risk of groundings and collisions.
 The "Eagle" will join MOSAT's deep-sea fleet of owned and chartered vessels which transport in excess of 650 million barrels of crude and petroleum products around the world each year.
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 /CONTACT: John Lord of Mobil, 703-846-2500/
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