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The World's Most Expensive Jones Act Tanker

August 21, 2014

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The series highlighting the world's most expensive active vessels from online ship intelligence and information service focuses this week on the most expensive tanker vessel, which is not a VLCC but a Jones Act aframax.

The first-in-class double hull tanker Liberty Bay is an 820-foot, 115,000 dwt aframax tanker built this year by Aker Philadelphia and owned by Seariver Maritime. The tanker, which has an 800,000-barrel capacity and supplies crude oil from Alaska North Slope to refineries along the U.S. west coast, prices in at approximately $184.7 million.

To put the ship’s value perspective, created an infographic showing that Liberty Bay’s price is equivalent to roughly:

  • 1.8 x Floyd Mayweather’s 2013 winnings ($105 million)
  • 6.4 Super Puma (PUMF.EX) helicopters ($29 million each)
  • 23 minutes of Superbowl advertising time (at a value of $4 million per 30 seconds)

According to our calculations, $184.7 million could buy more than 1.6 million copies of the complete series collection of Gilligan’s Island on DVD ($115 each).

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