January 8, 2003

Senate hearings on single hull tankers
Is the European clamor for an earlier phase out of single hulled tankers starting to echo in the U.S.? Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Fritz Hollings (D-SC) yesterday announced the witness list for a hearing on the Phase-Out of Single Hull Tank Vessels. The hearing is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday, January 9, at 2:30 p.m. in room 253 of the Russell Senate Office Building.

Members will discuss recent oil spills, calls by some in the international community to accelerate the deadline to phase-out single hull tankers that carry oil in bulk, and the possible impact of such action on commerce.

Following is the tentative witness list (not necessarily in order of appearance):

Panel I

Rear Admiral Paul J. Pluta
Assistant Commandant for Marine Safety, Security, and Environmental Protection, United States Coast Guard

Mr. Timothy R. E. Keeney
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, U.S. Department of Commerce

Ms. Elaine Davies
Deputy Director of the Office of Emergency and Remedial Response, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Panel II

Mr. Thomas A. Allegretti
President, The American Waterways Operators

Mr. Joe Cox
President, American Chamber of Shipping

Mr. Tom Godfrey
President, Colonna's Shipyard, Inc., and Chairman, Shipbuilders Council of America

Mr. David Sandalow
Executive Vice President, World Wildlife Fund

Mr. Dragos Rauta
Technical Director, International Association of Independent Tanker Owners (Intertanko)

Mr. G. William Frick
Vice President and General Counsel, American Petroleum Institute

Mr. Robert Cowen
Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc

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