Logistics Question Tanker Refueling

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Carl Schwamberger
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Logistics Question Tanker Refueling

Post by Carl Schwamberger » Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:54 am

Quite a while ago I saw a photo in a magazine, of a oil tanker in harbor & a cruiser alongside refueling. The caption text indicated this was in a harbor in the Pacific. It also referred to the tanker as a 'floating fuel depot'. I don't recall if the tanker was a ordinary transport, or a fleet oiler. If it were a common transport it must have been set up with equipment suitable for refueling other ships?

So, heres the question. Were there cases where ships were refueled in harbors or other anchorages from common transports? Not specialized underway oilers, but from transports acting as depots where storage tanks ashore were unavailable or other circumstances. If so what are some sources describing this practice?

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Re: Logistics Question Tanker Refueling

Post by Fatboy Coxy » Wed Aug 21, 2019 5:43 pm

Hi Carl

Common Transports? are you suggesting a modified cargo ship, or are you talking about a tanker, but not a fleet oiler.

What little I can give is, in 1941
Hong Kong had RFA Ebonol – 1175t, 11 kts, crew 19, RFA Port Tanker, only stationary refuelling.

While same time in Singapore
RFA Francol - 2623t, b1917 port tanker/oiler,
RFA War Sirdar - 5518t, b1920 port tanker/oiler,
RFA Ruthenia – 11850t, b1900, used as stationary oil fuel jetty, Woodlands, Singapore

Regards
Fatboy Coxy

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Re: Logistics Question Tanker Refueling

Post by OpanaPointer » Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:51 pm

The OBBs were used at floating tankage at Espiritu Santu while the new BBs were waltzing around the Solomons. From memory. :stubborn:

There was nothing to stop a tanker from refueling other ships in port, that was basically what yard oilers did from the first days of oil-burners.

More may be found here: https://www.history.navy.mil/research/l ... k-oil.html

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Re: Logistics Question Tanker Refueling

Post by OpanaPointer » Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:19 am

Now I'm delving into dusty corners. IIRC tankers that received government subsidies were supposed to be able to refuel USN and Coast Guard ships. This was, again from memory, just a matter of having appropriate couplings and hoses. As the tankers weren't usually expected to refuel warships they weren't practiced in UNREP.

For fun, compare with IJN underway refueling procedures.

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Re: Logistics Question Tanker Refueling

Post by OpanaPointer » Thu Aug 22, 2019 4:22 pm

Another breadcrumb: Merchant Marine Act of 1936.

The attic makes me sneeze. :(

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