PACIFIC MARITIME MAGAZINE
Dynamic Under Keel Clearance Project
By Captain Kip Louttit
The flow of oil into the Port of Long Beach by ship is critical to California and the Nation. 50 percent of California’s oil enters through the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and there is only a five-day supply ashore at any given time. The number of tankers entering the two ports has been increasing during the past 4 years, with 589 tankers entering the Ports of Los Angeles and Long beach in 2012, 592 in 2013, 606 in 2014, and 632 in 2015.
The Port of Long Beach has the only supertanker berth in the port complex and the US West Coast. Navigating supertankers into the port safely requires special training and the use of modern technology…MORE