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The PMV Valdez is an old, decaying oil tanker anchored in San Francisco. It plays a pivotal role in Fallout 2 by enabling the Chosen One to travel to the Enclave oil rig and save the world from destruction.
Despite the energy crisis, the oil tanker runs on oil, rather than fusion. It is probable that converting such a vessel was deemed too expensive (since as long as there was some oil, the payload would be valuable enough to justify the fuel cost) or simply that it was impossible due to the limitations of the fledgling fusion technology. However, while utilizing outdated technology as propulsion, the tanker is fully automated and equipped with a navigational computer secured by a door operated with a magnetic tanker FOB. Additionally, the ship is equipped with an IFF (Identify Friend or Foe) transponder, preventing Poseidon Oil defenses from sinking it.