New Home for a Giant Plant

The voyage across the Pacific took six weeks, and no wonder. The ocean-going tug Arctic Shiko had quite a cargo to haul: a complete seawater treatment plant, longer than two football fields, 110 ft. high and weighing in at 26,000 tons. Built in South Korea and designed by Bechtel for Arco Alaska at a cost of $350 million, the STP has been floated into position in Alaska's Prudhoe Bay. Toward the end of the 4,000-mile journey, summer ice and high winds in the Bering Sea became a problem, but the huge plant managed to...

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