A discussion covers the need for deepwater terminals for the delivery of foreign crude oil by supertanker to the U.S.; some reasons for building deepwater ports, including the increasing reliance of the U.S. on foreign oil, at least through the 1980's, the savings achievable by the use of supertankers because of the great distance involved in delivering oil from the Persian Gulf, the increasing use now of 200,000-300,000 dwt supertankers, and the impracticality of altering existing ports to the depth necessary to accommodate supertankers; various types of supertanker ports, including the single-point mooring system; and major environmental problems to be considered in connection with these terminals and ships, including problems peculiar to the supertanker, e.g., the possibility of disastrous oil spills, and problems associated with the large-scale delivery of oil by supertankers and offshore terminals, e.g., the major growth of refineries and petrochemical plants immediately onshore, causing stress on the local environment.

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    American University

    Development Education and Training Research Institute
    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Publication Date: 1973-8-31

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  • Pagination: p. 825-827
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  • Accession Number: 00056537
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Petroleum Institute
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 22 1974 12:00AM