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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

DRY DOCK STILL SUNK IN CALCASIEU RIVER - USCG ATTEMPTS TO REOPEN LAKE CHARLES SHIP CHANNEL FAILED

Further to article in Weekly NEWS No. 26/2000, last weekend’s attempts to refloat the dock were unsuccessful.  (Click here to read the referred article.). The USCG will not dismantle the dry dock that has stopped crude tankers’ access to two big Gulf Coast refineries served by the channel since mid June.  Work is to start immediately and take three to four weeks.  Large crude vessels still cannot get to Conoco’s 243,000 bbl/day Lake Charles plant and Venezuelan-owned Citgo Corp’s 310,000 bbl/day plant.  The companies have been able to get crude to Lake Charles by other means, such as lightering crude onto smaller vessels.  They have also received a 500,000 bbls crude oil swap with the US Department of Energy from the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve.