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Alberta Oil - - OBSERVER -

THAT’S HOW MANY TANKERS ON AV­ER­AGE WILL SAIL

out of the Port of Van­cou­ver loaded with oil each day if the Trans Moun­tain pipe­line is ex­panded, boost­ing its ca­pac­ity by about 590,000 b/d.

In con­trast, 15 mil­lion b/d pass through Phillips Chan­nel near south­ern Sin­ga­pore, where the Strait of Malacca nar­rows to 2.8 kilo­me­ters, cre­at­ing one of the world’s most sig­nif­i­cant mar­itime choke points. There have been no ma­jor oil spills there, nor have there been any in the Strait of Hor­muz, through which 40 per­cent of the world’s seaborne oil ship­ments leave the Per­sian Gulf. In fact, there hasn’t been a ma­jor oil tanker spill any­where in the world in a gen­er­a­tion, de­spite oil ship­ments dra­mat­i­cally ris­ing since the Exxon Valdez sank off the coast of Alaska in 1989. Since then, new safety pre­cau­tions have in­cluded dou­ble-hulled tankers and com­puter- and satel­lite-as­sisted nav­i­ga­tion.

Since 1956, ves­sels leav­ing the Trans Moun­tain pipe­line’s ex­port ter­mi­nal have moved pe­tro­leum prod­ucts through Port Metro Van­cou­ver with­out a sin­gle crude oil spill

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