Waterways are the most efficient way of transporting everyday products - from petroleum, grain, coal and farm products to steel, sand, chemicals, and other building supplies - across the country.
Over the last decade, more than 99.9997% of oil delivered by tankers to the U.S. reached its destination without incident.
The safety of the marine transportation system depends on a safe waterway infrastructure, including waterway maintenance, improvements, and management.
Fueling American life: It's hard to imagine modern life without petroleum. How does much of that oil reach America? By tanker. Today there are thousands of tankers working safely to deliver to us the energy we need. See online poster for more information.
Tankers and the people who run them work hard to provide the energy resources that power American industries and fuel our domestic economy.
Ocean-going supertankers deliver much of the oil imported for use in the United States, but their massive size creates special challenges.
In the unlikely event of an oil spill, emergency equipment is stationed at strategic locations around the country, ready to spring into action 24-7-365 to lessen the impact of a spill.