Oxy Tests Supertanker at Port of Corpus Christiby Will Brackett
A mammoth tanker docking May 26 at the Port of Corpus Christi was a historic event and a successful test.
A 1,093-foot-long EuroNav tanker named the Anne docked at Occidental Petroleum Corp.’s crude oil export facility in the San Patricio County town of Ingleside. Classified as a Very Large Crude Carrier, or VLCC tanker, the Belgian-owned ship is the largest crude oil tanker to call on a Gulf of Mexico port and is expected to boost crude oil exports from the Lone Star State.
With a draft — the vertical distance between the water and the bottom of the hull — of 66 feet when fully loaded, the Anne arrived at the 45-foot-deep Corpus Christi Ship Channel empty in order to allow the ship to navigate the waters and dock safely. Crews tested the supertanker’s compatibility with pipelines and other crude oil loading equipment at Oxy’s Ingleside export terminal.
With significant acreage in the oil-rich Permian Basin of West Texas, Oxy has been using pipelines to get more crude oil to its facilities at the Port of Corpus Christi. The supertanker-sized shipments will allow the company to compete with crude oil from the Middle East and other markets.