Looks like a standard Suezmax Crude oil tanker (except for the twin diesel-electric propulsion arrangement) https://www.aktanker.com/alaska-class-vessels
Tank arrangement (and presumably cargo pump and piping arrangement) also looks standard
I’m not a “tankerman” but I don’t belive this one is able to handle multiple grades of cargo simultaneously per today’s cargo arrangement,(??)
Would probably require major alterations to handle everything from Avgas to HFO without mixing
Besides, Alaska Frontier has been idle for an extensive period:
Arrived Brunei Bay layup anchorage: 2018-06-10 10:19 LT (UTC +8)
Maybe MARAD is holding off because they know none of these tanker companies can find people. But then again if I ran a tanker company I would want it out as soon as possible so I could snag as many billets as possible then just struggle to crew them until the industry changes.
LOL, definitely true story there. Great shipmates, enjoyed time there, but sorry 13 hour days for less pay than working 8 hours elsewhere for 1 grade lower! And no wifi or elevator gets old.
It’s very simple, no people cause they can’t open up the wallet and $$$$$. Actually they don’t even need to pay the mariners more total compensation, just get rid of the stupid “historical tanker hours”. Sorry, 13hours a day 0600-1930 no thanks.
Do it multiple times a day! I don’t mind the exercise and I’m not lazy, but after a while even a young man’s knees hurt. RORO’s have elevators. It’s also just plane dangerous because heavy tools and materials now have to be hauled on steep ladderwells.
I guess the forum got some heads to turn because there was just a rule published the other day regarding enrollment. February 7th, 2023 is the deadline for applications. Also an interesting note is that vessel must operate in the Indo-Pacific region. I think this limits the profitability of the vessel operators. I hope additional vessels will be able to operate anywhere in the world.
" The Tampa-based OSG operates of a fleet of 20 Jones Act oil tankers and oil tug-barges. Earlier this year the company decided not to extend and return three MR2 product tankers to AMSC, the Overseas New York, Overseas Los Angeles and Overseas Texas City , all now bareboat chartered to Keystone Shipping."
Oops, guess that move wasn’t too smart OSG…you gave up 3 ships you had outfitted will and paid to maintain directly to your competitor. Good news is that Keystone is staffing union for mates and engineers.
I find it unlikely that much of the ships’ engine equipment or tools will find their way to the OSG company man’s hands onshore. Both companies are MEBA engine crewed ships, and the engine department is just essentially switching boiler suits. The deck department might be vengeful for some reason, but I heard that every OSG deck officer was offered a job. If OSG wasn’t hurting for people so bad elsewhere in its fleet there is no doubt in my mind all those deck officers would have been laid off as fast as possible.