The Northern Mariner/ Le Marin du Nord
Tanker shipping today is one of the major branches of German inland navigation. Indeed, the transport of petroleum and its derivatives together comprise nearly twenty percent of total inland shipping; more than 42,000,000 tons of liquid petroleum products were shipped in 1996 by a fleet with a total cargo capacity of more than 500,000 tons.' Tanker shipping is by far the largest kind of specialist transportation on German inland waterways. But because of its very special technical requirements, a high degree of dependence on a small group of shippers, and a number of risks peculiar to this trade, there are enough structural differences to make it useful to take a closer look at this sector of inland navigation from a historical perspective.
Original Publication Citation
Heidbrink, I. (2001). Petroleum tanker shipping on German inland waterways, 1887-1994. The Northern Mariner/ Le Marin du Nord, 11(2), 57-67.
Heidbrink, Ingo, "Petroleum Tanker Shipping on German Inland Waterways, 1887-1994" (2001). History Faculty Publications. 25.