MOTEMS Case Studies

The dynamic terminal industry, harsh marine environment and evolving petroleum engineering market make MOTEMS compliance an ongoing process. The following case studies provide a few examples of MOTEMS compliance projects:

MOTEMS Research, Articles and References

The Commission strives to provide the best achievable protection of public health and safety and the environment. As part of this commitment, the Commission has endorsed and continues to undertake research projects with industry-leading professionals, to improve the MOTEMS regulations. Examples are below:

Other MOTEMS Applications

The MOTEMS are one of the only comprehensive engineering standards for marine structures in the industry. MOTEMS is thus frequently applied to marine and waterfront facilities worldwide, regardless of whether the facilities transfer oil, are located in California, or are within the Commission's jurisdiction. Many standards, guidelines and other applications also reference versions of MOTEMS in part or whole. Examples of such applications include:

  • Sound Solution (J. Daley et. al, ASCE Civil Engineering Magazine, April 2017)
  • PIANC MarCom Report 153 - Recommendations for the Design and Assessment of Marine Oil and Petrochemical Terminals (Reference: 201X MOTEMS)
  • ASCE 61-14 - Seismic Design of Piers and Wharves (Reference: 2010 MOTEMS)
  • POLB Wharf Design Criteria Version 3.0, February 29, 2012 (Reference: 2010 MOTEMS)