So the Exxon Valdez wasn't needed after all?
Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:51am

They could have just used railway cars instead? Railroading oil is not always practical. A super tanker can hold more than 4 million barrels. One railway tanker car holds about 700 barrels, and at 50-60 cars per train, the total capacity per train would be just about 42,000 barrels, or 1/100 capacity of a freighter.

  • You don't have to put it in a freighterLewis, Wed Aug 17 7:31am
    You put it in railway tank cars - @ 50 or 60 per train - and haul it overland. As we now do. Put it in a ship and it's very, very close to the water - so that a storm or other adverse action can sink ... more
    • So the Exxon Valdez wasn't needed after all? — Mike, Wed Aug 17 11:51am
      • And how many trains in a day?Lewis, Thu Aug 18 10:37am
        Just as tankers have a hard time navigating inland, away from the water - railway capacity doesn't exist (yet)in Prudhoe bay. We have our refineries ALMOST exclusively on the water - but should not.... more
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