MARITIME PROBLEMS IN THE MOVEMENT OF ALASKAN NORTH SLOPE OIL FROM VALDEZ TO WEST COAST MARKETS

This paper deals with the following topics relative to the petroleum Administration for Defense district five crude oil situation, West Coast ports and an Alaska--West Coast tanker sea-link. (1) An investigation of the crude oil supply/demand balance in PAD V which would attempt to forecast the crude oil deficit over time. Should the North Slope crude oil be made available exclusively to PAD V, would there be sufficient deficit to absorb the total volume produced by this field? (2) A descriptive survey of current port facilities for the reception of crude oil in the Puget Sound, San Francisco and Los Angeles/Long Beach regions. In conjunction with this, attempt to develop a methodology to quantify the maximum throughput of crude oil which each of the port regions is capable of accommodating. (3) With such a quantification, determine the existence and magnitude of possible hindrances to the marine importation of crude oil, which would occur without future port improvements. Also to investigate the sensitivity of these hindrances to varying conditions of port time in the receiving terminals. (4) A determination, based upon the above, of fleet configurations required to transport given volumes of crude oil from Alaska to the three West Coast Port regions. In a preliminary case, this fleet will be made compatible with existing West Coast port facilities; and, in a second case, compatible with proposed improvements to these facilities. (5) An investigation of the nature of the unit transport costs for crude oil, under the fleet configurations described above. This report should be of value to federal agencies, port authorities, oil and tanker companies, and all other persons involved in decision making relative to the issues confronted.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Northwestern University, Evanston

    Transportation Center, Leverone Hall
    Evanston, IL  USA  60201
  • Authors:
    • Henderson, G R
    • Dooley, D M
  • Publication Date: 1974-6

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 140 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00167813
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Northwestern University, Evanston
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Thesis
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 13 1978 12:00AM