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NEW MOBIL TANKER WILL HAVE DOUBLE HULL

 NEW MOBIL TANKER WILL HAVE DOUBLE HULL
 FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Mobil Corporation (NYSE: MOB)


said today it had ordered a double hull for its new Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC), a vessel of 280,000 deadweight tons to be built in Oppama, Japan, by Sumimoto Heavy Industries, Ltd (SHI), for delivery in late 1993 to Mobil Shipping and Transportation Company (MOSAT).
 The 1,089-foot-long, 190-foot-wide tanker will be among the first VLCCs in the world with a double hull. Mobil said its own research, as well as a recent study by the National Academy of Science, had concluded that the double hull was the best available option in vessels of this size to safeguard the marine environment.
 In 1968 Mobil developed and patented the design for the first double-bottom tanker, and later had such VLCCs built and put into service. The further evolution of this design extends the protection of a double bottom up the sides of the vessel, providing two steel barriers between cargo and the marine environment. Although the double hull adds significantly to the engineering complexity and cost of a VLCC, Mobil said there is a commensurate increase in the vessel's safety and environmental security.
 Mobil said it holds an option for a sister ship, also with a double hull, for delivery in 1994. Such VLCCs are among the largest of maritime crude carriers, running from 160,000 up to 320,000 deadweight tons. Since 1973, SHI has delivered 10 other vessels to MOSAT, including VLCCs, smaller crude carriers, and product carriers.
 Mobil Shipping and Transportation Company, the affiliate that provides Mobil's worldwide shipping requirements, controls a deep-sea fleet of more than 40 tankers, with a capacity of over 4.6 million deadweight tons.
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 /CONTACT: John Lord of Mobil, 703-846-2500/
 (MOB) CO: Mobil Corporation ST: Virginia IN: OIL SU: CK -- NY036 -- 4345 11/14/91 10:40 EST
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