Here’s an interesting fact I finally broke down and looked up today —
I wondered what percentage of U.S. oil consumption could fit in one supertanker. The answer was a little scary.
As of 2004, the U.S. consumes about 20 million barrels of oil a day, according to the CIA. For some perspective, China is second at just 6 million barrels a day.
Supertanker capacity varies, but Wikipedia says most carry about 2 million barrels. The largest tanker in the world is a ship we’ve talked about before — the Jahre Viking (now called the Knock Nevis). It carries 4 million per day.
So, it takes 10 “normal-sized” supertankers to supply the U.S. with oil for a single day. Yikes.