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Fuel cargoes line up as Florida's Port Everglades, Tampa set to reopen

Washington (Platts)--12 Sep 2017 1158 am EDT/1558 GMT


Port Everglades on Florida's southeast coast and Port Tampa Bay on the west side are set to reopen Tuesday, allowing fuel cargoes to replenish supply drained by last week's massive evacuation for Hurricane Irma.

Florida depends on tanker and barge shipments rather than pipelines for 97% of its refined products. Tampa receives deliveries from Texas and Louisiana refineries, while Port Everglades receives deliveries from the East Coast.

Port Tampa Bay expects to reopen at 2 pm Tuesday (1800 GMT), spokeswoman Samara Sodos said. Four oil vessels were waiting to unload Tuesday morning.

Tampa fuel terminals reopened Monday, dispensing stored fuel on to tanker trucks.

The US Coast Guard was completing surveys of Port Everglades' navigation channels early Tuesday before the reopening, the port authority said. At 8 am (1200 GMT), three petroleum tankers, two cargo ships and three cruise ships were waiting to enter.

Five of the 12 oil terminals at Port Everglades were operating, loading fuel trucks to supply retail stations. The port authority expects five more terminals to reopen midday Tuesday.

Two refined products vessels are scheduled to arrive in Tampa this week, according to cFlow, S&P Global Platts trade flow software. The tanker Florida and tanker Louisiana are both scheduled to arrive Wednesday and make regular runs between Louisiana and Florida.

The West Virginia is due to arrive in Tampa on Thursday, having left the New York area eight days ago.

Several other refined products vessels are scheduled to unload at Port Everglades this week, including the Mare Pacific on Tuesday, the Overseas Nikiski on Thursday and the Mt Sea Halcyone on Friday, according to cFlow.

--Meghan Gordon, meghan.gordon@spglobal.com

--Edited by Jonathan Loades-Carter, jonathan.carter@spglobal.com




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