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Crowley oil tanker will take Jacksonville name around the globe

Corey Perrine
Florida Times-Union
The tanker ship Stena Polaris is docked in Jacksonville on Monday, March 21, 2022.

The Stena Polaris ice-class tanker ship might never come back to Jacksonville, but when it sets sail for voyages taking it to the waterways of the Mediterranean, Arctic and Antarctica, it will have "Jacksonville, FL" emblazoned in large letters for anyone in sight of the vessel to see.

Jacksonville-based Crowley was putting the tanker through the final round of tests and U.S. Coast Guard inspections Monday as part a U.S. Department of Defense contract landed by Crowley worth about $98 million over five years.

Crowley charters the vessel and will use it to supply bases and ships with fuel. As part of Crowley's mission, it is bringing the ship into compliance with requirements to be a U.S. flagged ship with work being done over the past two months at the Fincantieri Marine Repair shipyard near downtown.

Read the rest of this story at WJCT News partner The Florida Times-Union.