Supercarriers versus U.S. Harbor Dimensions

by Francis P. Koisch, Major General, Dir.; Civil Works, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Washington, DC,

Serial Information: Journal of the Waterways, Harbors and Coastal Engineering Division, 1971, Vol. 97, Issue 1, Pg. 19-31

Document Type: Journal Paper


The oceans of the world are now being transited by tankers of a size beyond the capacity of any U.S. harbor. These ships offer potential economic savings of large proportions, and use of supercarrier technology could significantly effect the location of base refining and other important industries. However, provision of facilities to handle supercarriers pose unprecedented physicial, ecological, safety, and financial constraints. Provision of adequate harbor depths or alternative offshore loading facilities raises questions of regional transportation needs and marketing patterns. Studies and formulation of investment plans should be promptly initiated with close cooperation established between concerned Federal agencies, industrial, maritime, and port interests.

Subject Headings: Ports and harbors | Industries | Ships | Economic factors | Ecosystems | Safety | Offshore structures | Load factors

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