HOUSTON May 8 The Alaskan Frontier, a Suezmax
tanker typically used to transport Alaskan North Slope crude to
West Coast refineries, is scheduled to retire, according to
vessel operator Alaska Tanker Company.
The U.S.-flagged vessel is one of a few that comply with the
Jones Act, a maritime law that requires shipments between U.S.
ports to take place on U.S.-built and manned vessels.
A source, who requested anonymity, said the ship would be
retired in June, but the company did not confirm the timing.
The Alaska Tanker Company fleet is time chartered to
transport BP Plc's Alaska North Slope production. The
fleet operator has also moved Alaskan crude for producers Exxon
Mobil Corp and ConocoPhillips.
(Reporting by Liz Hampton; Editing by Dan Grebler)