San Diego Law Review

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This comment examines the legal status of offshore deepwater ports built to accommodate supertankers. The author argues that a deepwater port may be used in delimination of the territorial sea. The author goes on to analyze the necessity of territorial status for deepwater ports. The author also examines the circumstances that permit the expansion and resulting delimination of the coastal State's territorial sea. Finally, the author discusses the United States Deepwater Port Act of 1974, which might be the first unilateral declaration dealing with superports.