This economic survey presents the average cost for transporting oil in bulk on a 38,000-dead weight ton tanker with an OMR-nuclear propulsion plant and compares these costs with those for a conventionally powered tanker. The nuclear power plants considered for comparison are the OMR and a Flat Flux OMR. Capital cost and fuel cost estimates are summarized for both OMR-power plants and for a conventional vessel. A schedule is presented for design, development, and construction of a 38,000 dwt tanker with an organic moderated reactor as heat source, indicating that this ship may be placed in operation near the latter part of 1961. The results of this survey indicate that an OMR-powered vessel constructed today will have 38% higher total operating costs than a conventional vessel. A subsequent OMR-powered vessel, assuming several other similar maritime OMR plants have been constructed so that the engineering costs are diminished, can operate at costs approximately 14% greater than those for a conventional tanker.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This document is available for review at the Department of Commerce Library, Main Commerce Building, Washington, D.C., under reference number NAA-SR-1879.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Atomics International

    P.O. Box 309
    Canogo Park, CA  United States 
  • Publication Date: 1957-3-18

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 16 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00026035
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NAA-SR-1879
  • Contract Numbers: AT(11-1)-GEN-8
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 19 1973 12:00AM