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Post How Much Oil Fits in a Tanker?
Created by John Eipper on 03/13/19 4:16 AM

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How Much Oil Fits in a Tanker? (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 03/13/19 4:16 am)

A small marine correction to the post of Timothy Ashby (12 March).

50,000 gallons of diesel fuel will not fill a modern oil tanker. Consider the following:

42 gallons in a barrel.

7 (more or less depending on the specific weight of diesel) barrels per metric ton.

Therefore, 50,000 gallons may be just under 200 tons, but a modern tanker carries 200,000 tons or more. Consider that a smaller tanker may carry 20,000 tons of refined oil.

Just for curiosity the VLCC of Amoco would consume more than 100 tons of diesel per day, the Costa Concordia 331.

The largest tanker was the Japanese-built Seawise Giant (1975-2010), which could carry 550,000 tons of crude oil measuring 458 x 68 x 24.6 meters. It had too much draft to cross the British Channel. In May 1988 it was bombed by the Iraqi air force near the Straits of Hormuz.

About the electrical blackout in Venezuela, is there no chance it was the work of hackers, as with the Iranian nuclear turbines?

JE comments:  Today's installment of Fun with Acronyms:  VLCC means, logically enough, Very Large Crude Carrier.  I wonder if Tim Ashby meant the South Africans burn 50,000 barrels of diesel per day.  That would make the math work out to about one tanker.

Regarding the possibility of hackers turning off the power in Venezuela:  This is Maduro's excuse, and if Maduro says it, most of us knee-jerkedly assume it's not true.  But do we really know...?

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