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The Development of Crude Oil Tankers (Hardback)

A Historical Miscellany

Transport Photographic Books

By Dr Ray Solly
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 192
Illustrations: 212 colour & black and white illustrations & diagrams
ISBN: 9781526792419
Published: 30th November 2021

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In this engaging book, Dr. Solly examines the history of crude oil tankers from early days when this vital commodity was carried aboard ordinary sailing vessels, through the innovative designs that resulted in significant breakthroughs leading to early single-hulled VLCCs, and the later stronger hence safer double-hulled vessel.

The professional reader will identify with much of the author’s thinking, especially his handling of the enormous advances in shipboard techniques, and examination of excellent contributions made by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) from its conception in 1948, to its penetratingly effective work of today. Special attention is paid to their profound influence on the industry through MARPOL and SOLAS innovations, including arguably the greatest contribution made to tanker safety and environmental protection by Inert Gas Systems (IGS) and Crude Oil Washing (COW).

Non-seagoing readers in allied shipping professions, and that huge army of ship enthusiasts, will learn a great deal about the ins-and-outs of an industry which, for the immediate future, underpins virtually every aspect of practical 21st Century living.

Ray Solly’s authoritative story is lavishly supported by 211 images (many of which have never previously been published), plus accounts of two recent voyages aboard a Norwegian North sea shuttle tanker, and a product carrier. Both passenger trips not only updated his professional knowledge but provided penetrating insight into current maritime practices. Each confirmed his convincing observation that today’s crude oil carriers present the safest and most regulated form of transportation in the world.

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About Dr Ray Solly

Dr. Ray Solly enjoyed a first career as a navigating officer in the Merchant Navy aboard deep-sea dry cargo ships, supertankers and, during long vacations whilst studying, in the engagingly different world of coasters. He spent twenty years as a residential schoolmaster in two Independent schools, and has since developed a third career as a marine author of traditionally published non-fictional books, and numerous articles.

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