On December 24, 1971, the U.S. Coast Guard published proposed rule making in the Federal Register which would, in part, require double-walls and double-ends for tank barges of 100 gross tons or more built, rebuilt, or converted to oil service after December 31, 1972. This requirement would not apply to tank barges that have a certificate of inspection for ocean or coastwise service under 46 CFR Chapter I when operated as the only barge in a tow. Subsequent public comment on the proposed rule making suggested that a double-wall and double-end regulation might impose a heavy economic burden on the towing industry without a prior and full investigation of the costs and benefits involved. The Maritime Administration and the Coast Guard accordingly initiated a joint study effort to assess the relative construction and life cycle costs of various inland tank barge designs, both existing and hypothesized, and to examine product spill and hull damage performance of existing tank barges. This publication is the final report of the joint study effort.

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    Maritime Administration

    Office of Domestic Shipping, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    United States Coast Guard

    Office of Merchant Marine Safety
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Publication Date: 1974-12

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 107 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00084463
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: May 1 1975 12:00AM