Enterprise Products Loads the First VLCC in a Texas Port

FPMC C Melody, the first VLCC in a Texas Port, docked at the Enterprise Products Terminal in Texas City.
Photo courtesy of Enterprise Products.

Approximately 1.1 million barrels of crude oil was loaded onto the Very Large Crude Carrier, FMPC C Melody, at Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. (Enterprise) Texas City marine terminal on June 22-24. The FMPC C Melody, which has the capacity to hold approximately 2 million barrels of crude oil, is the first Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) to be loaded at a Texas port. The vessel call adds another milestone moment to Houston Ship Channel history and is an indicator of the advancements that continue to be made in the port region.

The Texas City facility features two docks, a 45-foot draft, an overall length (LOA) of 1,125 feet, a 220-foot beam (width) and the capacity to load crude oil at a rate of 35,000 barrels per hour. The vessel call was navigated by four Galveston-Texas City pilots and five tug boats. After loading the nearly 1.1 million barrels of the crude oil shipment onto the VLCC at the Texas City marine terminal, the remainder of the crude oil shipment was loaded on the vessel in a lightering zone in the Gulf of Mexico. In the past, other vessels that loaded at Enterprise held 900,000 barrels. The crude oil aboard the FMPC C Melody is bound for the west coast of India.

“Accommodating VLCC vessels reflects the midstream industry’s commitment to providing an integrated solution that provides greater efficiencies and cost savings. It supports continued development of growing domestic crude oil reserves, while enhancing market access and solidifying the Houston Ship Channel region as the premier location for exports,” said Brent Secrest, senior vice president, Liquid Hydrocarbons Marketing for Enterprise.

The Houston Ship Channel (HSC), which includes the Texas City facilities, is home to the largest petrochemical complex in the U.S. It is a two-way vessel movement maritime highway that prevents shutdowns faced by one-way ports, handling more than 8,200 deepdraft vessel arrivals and 220,000 barge movements per year. On average, the HSC handles 50 deepwater movements each day, representing 60% of Houston’s peak levels. As a key national asset, it provides unattached capacity, flexibility, and reliability to shippers and generates a national economic impact of $617 billion per year.

  • Date July 3, 2018
  • Tags 2018 June