Encyclopedia Britannica defines VLCCs as, “Very large crude carriers. These ships, with a length of some 330 metres (1,100 feet), have capacities between 200,000 and 320,000 dwt (Dead Weight Tonnage). They carry in the area of two million barrels.” Historically these enormous ships carry crude oil around the world including imports into the United States, but until recently the United States Gulf Coast petroleum terminals were too shallow to accommodate these vessels.
FedEx, DHL, U.S. Postal Service and UPS have some new competition for last-mile delivery service. Amazon announced last Thursday that they are launching a new Delivery Service Partners program. Designed to let entrepreneur run their own fleet of Amazon vans with the Prime logo. Each delivery van will start at one of the 75 current Amazon stations throughout the United States.