Journal of Navigation and Port Research 2003;27(3):289-295.
Published online August 31, 2003.
Analysis of Factors Influencing the Composition of Oil Tanker Fleet of Domestic Refinery Companies
Gihon Bek
The international oil majors have been reducing the size of their own oil tanker fleet since early 1980s. Like international oil majors, the Korean refineries are becoming more dependent on tanker chartering rather than tanker ownership for their oil transportation since the 1990s. They also prefer spot charter to time charter and this kind of trend has continued up to now. Consequently, this paper attempted to find the factors influencing changes in tanker fleet composition. To attain the object of the paper, an empirical study is adopted using the ten decision-making factors derived from preceeding studies. The findings are that MARPOL and OPA 90, and transportation costs are the most important factors influencing an oil tanker fleet composition.
Key Words: Transportation logistics;Oil tanker fleet composition;Oil majors. Tanker ownership and chartering;Logistics decision-making factors;Korean refineries

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