Breaking Ice for Arctic Oil: The Epic Voyage of the SS Manhattan through the Northwest Passage

Breaking Ice for Arctic Oil The Epic Voyage of the SS Manhattan through the Northwest Passage In an icebreaking tanker the SS Manhattan was commissioned by Humble Oil to transit the Northwest Passage in order to test the logistical and economic feasibility of an all marine transportati

  • Title: Breaking Ice for Arctic Oil: The Epic Voyage of the SS Manhattan through the Northwest Passage
  • Author: Ross Coen
  • ISBN: 9781602231696
  • Page: 466
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1969, an icebreaking tanker, the SS Manhattan, was commissioned by Humble Oil to transit the Northwest Passage in order to test the logistical and economic feasibility of an all marine transportation system for Alaska North Slope crude oil Proposed as an alternative to the Trans Alaska Pipeline, the Manhattan made two voyages to the North American Arctic and collectedIn 1969, an icebreaking tanker, the SS Manhattan, was commissioned by Humble Oil to transit the Northwest Passage in order to test the logistical and economic feasibility of an all marine transportation system for Alaska North Slope crude oil Proposed as an alternative to the Trans Alaska Pipeline, the Manhattan made two voyages to the North American Arctic and collected volumes of scientific data on ice conditions and the behavior of ships in ice Although the Manhattan successfully navigated the Northwest Passage closing a five hundred year chapter of Arctic exploration by becoming the first commercial vessel to do so the expedition ultimately demonstrated the impracticality of moving crude oil using icebreaking ships.Breaking Ice for Arctic Oil details this historic voyage, establishing its significant impact on the future of marine traffic and resource development in the Arctic and setting the stage for the current oil crisis.

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    1. This review also appears on Joe Follansbee's blog.Christopher Columbus sailed west in 1492 hoping to find a new way to the riches of the Orient, but an undiscovered land mass stretching 10,000 miles north to south blocked his way. Ferdinand Magellan found a way around South America by way of Cape Horn, but until recently, the Northwest Passage around North America was more of a Northwest Blockage, at least to commercial vessels.While Columbus and other explorers sought gold, it was another preci [...]

    2. Lots of good information but not quite what I expected. The book follows more the political and economical issues of the SS Manhattan's trip through the Northwest Passage and less so on the trip itself. The book also jumped around a lot chronologically which disrupted the flow and made it harder to get absorbed into the book.

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