LOOP made to offload world’s largest tankers

LOOP made to offload world’s largest tankers

Linked to over 50% of United States refining ability

David Paganie, Senior Editor

Linked to over 50% of United States refining ability

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

The slot center is situated in the GoM during 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 united states capable of offloading deep-draft tankers referred to as ultra big crude companies (ULCC) and incredibly big crude providers (VLCC), some needing 85 ft of draft approval.

The slot is made from three single-point mooring (SPM) buoys used for offloading crude tankers and a marine terminal comprising a two-level pumping platform and a control platform that is three-level.

The SPMs are anchored towards the seabed in about 115 ft of water, roughly 8,000 ft through the marine that is port’s and 20 mi overseas. Tankers attach to at least one regarding the SPMs for offloading through a hose that is floating. Each buoy, calculating 21 ft in diameter and 46 ft high, was created to accommodate ships as much as 700,000 dwt.Read more