SU4704 : Southampton Water, Tankers at Fawley

taken 6 years ago, near to Fawley, Hampshire, Great Britain

Southampton Water, Tankers at Fawley
Southampton Water, Tankers at Fawley
Fawley Refinery was established in 1921 by the Atlantic, Gulf and West Indies Oil Company on 270 hectares of land adjacent to Southampton Water. The site was acquired by Esso in 1925. It was rebuilt and extended in 1951 and is now the largest oil refinery in the United Kingdom, and one of the most complex refineries in Europe.

Crude oil is transported to Fawley by sea in tankers which berth at the refinery's mile-long marine terminal, which handles around 2000 ship movements and 22 million tonnes of crude oil and other products every year (LinkExternal link ExxonMobil).
Southampton Water :: SU4407

Southampton Water is a tidal estuary north of the Solent and the Isle of Wight. Geographically, it is classified as a ria, or drowned valley, of the English Channel. It was formed by the rivers Test, Itchen and Hamble which flow into it, and became an inlet of the sea at the end of the last ice age when sea levels rose, flooding many valleys in the south of England.

The city of Southampton lies at the most northerly point of Southampton Water. Its emergence as a major port, and particularly as a port handling very large vessels, depended partly on certain geographical features of Southampton Water. Its depth, even in its undeveloped state, was generous; this depth of water has been increased over the years with comparative ease since the soft silt of the river-bed allows for easy dredging. An additional factor is the phenomenon of the "double tide", which results in unusually prolonged periods of high water. This greatly facilitates the movements of very large ships.

Together with the Solent, Southampton Water is world-renowned for yachting.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 16 July, 2016   (more nearby)
Saturday, 23 July, 2016
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Energy infrastructure  Coastal  Estuary, Marine 
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Panasonic DMC-G7 
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 476 043 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:50.1930N 1:19.5241W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 478 047
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