Conferees A g r e e On Scheduling Of Tanker Double-Hull Phase-In
Although the legislation has yet to be approved, it appears that all oceangoing tankers operating within U.S. waters will have to be equipped with a double hull by 2015, according to a recent proposal by a joint House-Senate conferee committee. A joint committee made up of Congressional conferees recently unanimously voted to include a double- hull provision in pending oil spill liability and compensation legislation. The conferees included the following stipulations as part of the double-hull requirement: •New tankers built in the U.S. must have double hulls; •All tankers trading in the U.S. must have double hulls by 2010; •Single-hull tankers operating to deepwater terminals or in lightering operations 60 miles off the U.S. coast will be phased out by 2010 and those with either a double bottom or double sides by 2015; •A sliding scale will be used from 1995 to 2000 to phase-out single- hull tankers; beginning in January 1995, all tankers 28 years old or more will be excluded from U.S. waters; Oil barges and tankers in U.S. domestic and inland waterways trades would not be exempt from the double-hull requirement.
The oil spill liability and compensation legislation is expected to be passed by both Houses and approved by President Bush later this year.