Louisiana Offshore Oil Port suspends tanker offloading

The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port, a deepwater port near Port Fourchon (Courtesy LOOP)

The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port has suspended tanker offloading at its offshore marine terminal as Tropical Storm Sally approaches the Gulf Coast.

In a statement posted online, the facility—the single largest point of entry for waterborne crude oil coming into the U.S.—said its onshore storage facilities are continuing to operate.

LOOP is a joint venture of Marathon Pipe Line LLC, Shell Oil Company, and Valero Terminalling and Distribution Company.

LOOP is the only port in the U.S. capable of offloading Ultra Large Crude Carriers and Very Large Crude Carriers.

The Clovelly Hub is located twenty-five miles inland, and is connected to the port complex by a 48-inch diameter pipeline. The Clovelly Hub provides interim storage for crude oil before it is delivered via connecting pipelines to refineries on the Gulf Coast and in the Midwest.

Read the announcement.