T-AOT 1208 Falcon
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 by the Falcon II Sea Transport Co. under a charter with the Navy`s Military Sealift Command until the late 1980s.
The keel for Falcon Leader, the Lead ship of the Class, was laid 07 June 1982. The ship was launched 26 February 1983, and delivered 18 August 1983. The ship was chartered to the United States Navy, Military Sealift Command after delivery and redesignated T-AOT-1208. The charter ended in August 1988, and the ship was transferred to the Maritime Administration Reserve on 22 August 1991. The keel for Falcon Champion was laid 02 March 1983. The ship was launched 10 September 1983, and delivered 24 January 1984. The ship was chartered to the United States Navy, Military Sealift Command after delivery. The charter ended in January 1989, and the ship was transferred to the Maritime Administration Reserve on 17 August 1991.
Commercial ship building ended at Bath Iron Works with the completion of the tanker "Falcon Champion" in 1984. Hulls 406- 407 were numbers reserved for additional MSC tankers which were never contracted.
The FALCON LEADER (BRF) was withdrawn from the MARAD Reserve Fleet inventory on 14 June 2001 and sold under Title XI authority.
In October 1996 Atlantic Marine, Inc. completed the conversion of Sargeant Marine's oil tanker formerly known as Falcon Champion, to an asphalt carrier named Asphalt Commander, which at the time was the largest asphalt tanker in the world at 35,000 deadweight tons. Sargeant Marine reportedly manages 56 percent of all marine asphalt tanker capacity. The cargo of Asphalt Commander -- consisting of approximately eight million gallons of liquid asphalt -- is kept at temperatures of 270 degrees F or higher by three heaters provided by Heatec Inc. of Chattanooga, TN. The asphalt heaters are housed in a large, vertical compartment directly behind the pilothouse and main stack. The heaters are used to heat fluid circulating through more than 22 miles of piping installed in 14 compartments filled with liquid asphalt. Heat from the compartments also evaporates seawater, leaving a white salt residue visible on the deck and hull.
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