Forgive me, I am new here, but...
Isn't this whole "write English" stuff a bit off topic? Don't get me wrong, one of my degrees is in English Rhetoric, so I tend to disdain the
poor writers of the world as much as the next Lit. freak. However, I think perhaps we should cut NGITU a little slack as this is not his first
language and he expresses his thoughts much better than many American high-schoolers.
That said, I know nothing about the shipping industry. Based on those impressive qualifications, I could see this being a plausible theory
under the following assumptions.
1. Oil shipping totals are, in fact, measured by the hull displacement of the carrying ship.
2. Several individuals on both the loading and receiving ends are complicitous.
3. The ship's crew would also have to be involved.
4. There is no monitoring agency to detect such scams.
Under these circumstances, the theory is at least plausible.
Anyone out there have any verifiable knowledge of how oil loading and unloading is measured?
Without that knowledge, we can never know for sure if this is even possible, let alone probable.
P.S., Browha, I'd imagine the grammar, punctuation, spelling and word choice are much more to your liking (forgiving the lack of the Oxford comma in
the preceding clause, which is how we do it in my biz).
[Edited on 18-5-2004 by Hamburglar]