Fuel needs for various industries

Fuel needs for the shipping, aviation, road and rail industries

What’s common about shipping, aviation, roads and rail? Whether it be trucks, planes, tanker or a train, they all run on propellant. Lots of it.

How much do different vehicles use in propellant?

  • A typical ocean tanker will hold around 1 to 2 million gallons of fuel.
    and they may stop midway to take on more diesel or other propellant
  • On the road and rail, a typical train, traveling 3,000 miles, might use about a gallon of diesel propellant per mile.
  • Meanwhile, an 18-wheel truck uses around 300 gallons of diesel for a 2100-mile journey getting around 7 miles per hour. Most 18-wheelers also operate on diesel.
  • A typical airliner, such as a 747 uses jet fuel, which is a form of kerosene, and burn about a gallon per second. Over the course of a 10-hour flight, an airliner may burn around 36,000 gallons of propellant.

Of course, whether it be aviation propellant or diesel propellant, it all starts as crude oil. About the only propellant that is not made directly from crude oil but often comes associated with crude is natural gas. Owing to the pressures to reduce pollution in the shipping industry, an increasing number of ocean tanker ships are being converted or direct from the ship builder, designed to run on liquid natural gas.

Unfortunately, there are currently only around 175 ocean tankers that run on liquid natural gas. For existing tankers, to run on liquid natural gas, expensive conversions have to be made. In addition, as of yet, there are not that many ports that have facilities to fill a tanker with liquified natural gas, there are also safety issues plaguing the tanker industry in using liquified natural gas.

The aviation industry relies heavy on fuel for the huge fleet of airplanes, that fly around the world. Many other industries are also sub-contracters to the aviation industry. To name a few, it would be:

  • Metal industry
  • Rubber industry
  • Educational industry, educating the pilots of tomorrow

Smaller industries, that also delivers to the aviation industry, would be industries like the metal surface treatment industries, who provide plasma etching, plasma cleaning and plasma treatment for the metal components in many airplanes.

So how much does all that propellant cost?

A typical 747 costs and airliner up to $20,000 for a flight. A train, burns up around $6,0000 worth of diesel, while a long-haul trip on an 18-wheeler will use up around $700 for a 2,000-mile haul. Meanwhile, a single day on an ocean tanker will typically cost the company about $3,300 per day in propellant.

Will we run out of oil for propellant?

Not for a while at least. Estimates are the world’s supply will last at a minimum of 53 years or more, and as technology increases, new ways are being found to extract it from the ground all of the time.

of course, by that time, hopefully, the world will have learned to master fusion, the same power that operates our sun in a safe but efficient manner.

Are you look for a tow of your ship?

If you run out of fuel or your ship brakes down. You might be looking for a tow. To tow a large freight ship you need strong rope. Strong towing rope can be bought from the Danish rope company Dynamica Ropes.

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