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LOOP built to offload world’s largest tankers

LOOP built to offload world’s largest tankers

Attached to over 50% of United States refining ability

David Paganie, Senior Editor

Attached to over 50% of United States refining capability

T he Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) is America’s first and only deepwater oil port.

The slot center is situated in the GoM at the base of Port Fourchon, 18 mi south of Grand Isle, La., in 110 ft of water. LOOP may be the only slot in the usa with the capacity of offloading deep-draft tankers called ultra big crude carriers (ULCC) and incredibly big crude companies (VLCC), some needing 85 ft of draft approval.

The slot comes with three single-point mooring (SPM) buoys used for offloading crude tankers and a marine terminal composed of a two-level pumping platform and a three-level control platform. Read more

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