Trafigura applies to build US VLCC port

Trafigura has told Reuters that is has applied to build a VLCC terminal in Texas.

The US does not currently have any inland ports capable of fully loading VLCCs, requiring ship-to-ship transfer to happen instead.

“The Texas Gulf will allow VLCCs and other tankers to load cargo safely, directly and fully via a single-point mooring buoy system (SPM). Using SPMs eliminates unnecessary ship traffic in inland ports as well as the ‘double handling’ of the same crude oil,” the company told Reuters.

Sign up to the FREE Work Boat World newsletter