Date of Award


Degree Type

Major Paper

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Marine Affairs


The events of this decade has brought public attention on the adequacy of United States ports to serve the nation's needs. Many experts involved in maritime transportation have noted that the United States would be able to enjoy economies of scale associated with large vessels only if the United States developed substantially deeper ports capable of handling these large vessels. Although the apparent advantages and trends to larger vessels in the world fleet were evident, recent history has seen little in the way of a response to these perceived needs for deeper United States ports. This study addresses important issues concerning the need for additional port capacity to handle large vessels and presents some conclusions thereof.