LOOP built to offload world’s largest tankers

LOOP built to offload world’s largest tankers

Attached to over 50% of US refining ability

David Paganie, Senior Editor

Linked 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 found in the GoM at the base of Port Fourchon, 18 mi south of Grand Isle, La., in 110 ft of water. LOOP could be the only slot in the united states with the capacity of offloading deep-draft tankers referred to as ultra big crude companies (ULCC) and incredibly big crude companies (VLCC), some needing 85 ft of draft approval.

The slot is made of 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.

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