Oil Transportation

Crude oil and petroleum products are moved by a variety of means. The most common are:

  • Oil tanker - Ships designed specifically to move liquid hydrocarbons across the ocean
  • Barge - Coast or river barges designed with tanks to hold liquid hydrocarbons and move them through coastal and inland waterways
  • Oil pipeline - Liquids pipelines, usually dedicated to moving either crude oil, finished products, or LPG across land
  • Railcar tanker - Railway cars designed to move either crude oil or light products
  • Tank truck - Trucks designed to move either crude oil or finished light products

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