EFFECTIVENESS OF DOUBLE BOTTOMS IN PREVENTING OIL OUTFLOW FROM TANKER BOTTOM DAMAGE INCIDENTS

Shortly after the TORREY CANYON stranding, worldwide public opinion began pressuring the maritime community for pollution-free tanker designs. Perhaps the most widely discussed pollution abatement design feature is the double bottom. In U.S. waters from January 1969 through April 1973 there occurred 30 pollution casualties that resulted from tanker bottom damage. The paper examines all these accidents to determine how effective double bottoms would have been in reducing their number as well as the amount of oil outflow. Results indicate that a double bottom whose height is one-fifteenth the beam could have been effective in preventing outflow in 27 of the 30 casualties examined.

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    Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

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  • Authors:
    • Card, J C
  • Publication Date: 1975-1

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  • Accession Number: 00084637
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 7 1975 12:00AM