What do you do with these now?

Victims of changing times.

All good things must end. And so it goes for these relatively new tankers in lay-up at Portland, OR in 1988. The oldest is barely ten years old and has a lot of miles left in her.  So what's the problem? A slow economy.  The U.S. was still recovering from the 1987 stock market mess. There just wasn't enough demand for crude from Alaska to keep these leviathans operating.  And as if that wasn't bad enough something worse was looming on the horizon.  The Exxon Valdez had run aground earlier in the year and the public was in an uproar about the disaster the spill caused. This single incident would eventually doom these tankers. They all had single hulls. Single hulled tankers would be rendered obsolete by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 requiring all new oil tankers to have double hulls and the single hulled versions would phased out beginning in 1995. These ships were already done for, it was just a matter of time.
All that magnificent machinery, obsolete.
Taken from Steve's parent's boat on the Willamette River.  These are four huge tankers just sitting in peaceful slumber.
Here are the Thompson Pass (left) and the Atigun Pass (right). Both have a dead weight of over 173,000 tons. The Atigun was built in 1977 and the Thompson in 1978. The Atigun Pass returned to service shortly after this shot was taken as there are reports of her losing power near Bligh Reef in Alaska where the Exxon Valez grounded.  Big stink over that.  The Thompson Pass was already infamous when this was taken in September 1989. In January, she leaked 70,000 gallons into Port Valdez from a crack in her hull. Laid up for the last ime in 1995, both these fellas were sold to China for scrap in November 2001.  The Atigun had one last fling as she broke the towline and drifted along the Oregon coast for several days with a fair amount (25,000 gallons) of residual oil in her holds.
What a monumental waste of everything.
I'm not going to the torch that easy.
Here's a Coast Guard shot of the Atigun Pass adrift off the Oregon Coast in November 2001.   Shades of the New Carissa all over again.  
One Big Ass Boat!
Called super-tankers for a reason, these are big ships.  Built the same year the first oil flowed through the Alaska Pipeline, these monsters were meant to take advantage of the economies of scale in a big way. Here's a link to nice page on supertankers and some of their factsheets.
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