T-AOT 1203 Overseas
Tankers (T-AOT) provide worldwide delivery of petroleum products to Department of Defense users and augment and support fleet operating units when required. These ships were operated under a charter with the Navy`s Military Sealift Command until the early 1990s.
The S.T. OVERSEAS ALICE is a 37,250-deadweight-ton tanker, launched February 22, 1968 at the Sparrows Point yard of Bethlehem Steel Corporation. The S.T. OVERSEAS VIVIAN is a 37,750-deadweight-ton tanker, launched August 15, 1968 at the Sparrows Point Yard of Bethlehem Steel Corporation. Some confusion exists with respect to the the petroleum tanker OVERSEAS VIVIAN, which is variously designated T-AOT-1205 or T-AOT-2006 by different sources. Hull numbers T-AOT-1206 and T-AOT-1207 were apparently not assigned. These numbers may have been reserved for additional MSC tankers which were never contracted.
The commercial tanker OVERSEAS VIVIAN, which was operating under a charter with the Navy`s Military Sealift Command, transported 109 Vietnamese refugees to Naval Base, Subic Bay, following their recovery from a disabled boat in the South China Sea on 20 April 1989.
On Wednesday, February 12, 1997, at approximately 2230 hours local time, the T/V Overseas Valdez transiting outbound the Galveston Ship Channel struck the #5 channel buoy. The buoy anchor chain became entangled around the ship's rudder and propeller causing the vessel to lose steerage and propulsion. The vessel was able to drop anchor but was soft aground 3nm southeast of the Galveston Jetties. The Galveston Ship Channel remained open. The single skinned vessel contained approximately 274,000 barrels [3.8 million liters/one million gallons] of #2 heating oil. Part of its cargo of heating oil was transferred to the tank barge MSRC-570 (U.S.-registry) on 13 February 1997. The ship was refloated at 1130 14 February 1997 and was escorted 32 kilometers/20 miles offshore for an inspection and survey before sailing for Boston.
In December 2000 food aid arrivals to North Korea included 258MTs of split peas donated by Sweden and 1,230 MTs of sugar donated by Sweden and Friends of WFP in the USA. The 'Overseas Marilyn' arrived in Nampo with 25,000 MT of wheat, donated by the United States. Discharge of 14,000 MTs at Nampo was followed by the remaining 11,000 MTs at Hungnam (South Hamgyong Province). The 'Overseas Vivian', also brought US wheat (35,000 MTs), with completion in early February.
On 28 June 2001 The Maritime Administration (MARAD), in accordance with section 9 of the Shipping Act, 1916, as amended, gave permission to Western Overseas, Inc., Toledo, OH, to sell the 20,998-gross-ton tanker OVERSEAS VIVIAN to Snow Drop Company, Limited for resale to Vijay Ship Breaking Corporation and transfer the vessel to St. Vincent and The Grenadines registry and flag for scrapping in India. The vessel was built in 1969 in Baltimore, MD.
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