The vessel shown below, a regular in the harbor, is truly unique: it’s registered in the United States and was built in the United States, at Avondale Industries on the Mississippi.

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What makes this a “second lives” post is this vessel’s history: somewhere under many coats of paint is the original name: Exxon Wilmington. At 48000 dwt, though, it has about 1/5 the capacity of the Exxon Valdez. By the way, have any idea what happened to the Exxon Valdez made infamous by Capt. Hazelwood? Well, it had a second life as SeaRiver (S/R) Mediterranean (see her here) and by now . . . may be scrap. The future may bring surprising new uses for leaky oil tankers. I wonder about the current second life for Capt. Hazelwood aka “patron saint of the ‘smokers’ ” in the movie Waterworld.

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Here’s a Netherlands-flagged oil products tanker lightering off some of its cargo. I’m not sure why a Swedish ship is flagged in the Netherlands. Guess who Bro Promotion transports for? Click here, scroll down, and read the right side. So we might choose to fill our cars with fuel from one station rather than another, but the fuel at all the stations along the strip might arrive on the same tanker.

This reminds me of working in an corn processing factory while in college: while operating the filling/labelling machine, I’d periodically shut down the line, switch labels from those of one food chain to those of its competition, and restart the line. Buy one brand or another, even choose “no frills,” it was the same corm going into those cans.

Oh, second lives: Bro Promotion was previously called Iver Example.

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