THE FEASIBILITY OF AN ICEBREAKING NUCLEAR POWERED TANKER TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM FOR ALASKA TO EAST COAST U. S. PORTS

An economic analysis recently completed by the Maritime Administration, Babcock and Wilcox and Newport News Shipbuilding indicates that a commercial marine nuclear power plant of approximately 120,000 SHP installed in a 600,000 DWT tanker is economically competitive with a similar 600,000 DWT tanker propelled by a 60,000 SHP fossil fueled power plant. A more recent Maritine Administration, Newport News, Babcock and Wilcox study indicates that icebreaking tankers are feasible for operation from Alaska via the Northwest Passage to the East Coast of Canada and the U.S. In view of the economic viability of the 600,000 DWT nuclear powered tanker of 120,000 SHP as compared with a 60,000 SHP fossil fueled tanker, it is reasonable to assume that nuclear powered icebreaking tankers of LNG ships with shaft horsepower of 120,000 to 240,000 SHP will offer a significant economic advantage over fossil fueled plants of similar horsepowers.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper presented at the 9th Annual OTC in Houston, Texas, May 2-5 1977.
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    Offshore Technology Conference

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  • Authors:
    • Windall, A O
    • Levine, Z
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Accession Number: 00158034
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Offshore Technology Conference
  • Report/Paper Numbers: V4, OTC 3001 Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 31 1977 12:00AM