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By Ross Coen

In 1969, an icebreaking tanker, the SS Manhattan, was once commissioned by means of Humble Oil to transit the Northwest Passage so one can attempt the logistical and monetary feasibility of an all-marine transportation process for Alaska North Slope crude oil. Proposed as a substitute to the Trans-Alaska Pipeline, the Manhattan made voyages to the North American Arctic and picked up volumes of clinical information on ice stipulations and the habit of ships in ice. even supposing the Manhattan effectively navigated the Northwest Passage—closing a five-hundred-year bankruptcy of Arctic exploration by means of turning into the 1st advertisement vessel to do so—the excursion finally confirmed the impracticality of relocating crude oil utilizing icebreaking ships.

Breaking Ice for Arctic Oil information this old voyage, setting up its major influence at the way forward for marine site visitors and source improvement within the Arctic and atmosphere the level for the present oil crisis.

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