America’s biggest oil import terminal loads VLCC for export

America’s biggest privately owned crude import terminal, Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP), is taking a big step towards becoming an export facility, according to Bloomberg.

It is carrying out a trial run at loading a very large crude carrier with Shell product for export. 

The ship being loaded is Bahri’s 298,750 dwt Shaden, which was chartered by China’s largest oil trader last month.

It arrived at LOOP from Galveston, Texas, on Sunday.

With America awash in home-produced oil because of the shale revolution the need for more export capability is growing.

A four-decade-old ban on the export of almost all US oil was lifted in late 2015.

LOOP is a deep-water port in the Gulf of Mexico about 18 miles off of Port Fourchon. It handles tankers that are too big for US inland ports and accounts for more than 10% of the country’s foreign oil imports.

It began operations in 1981 and is the US’s only offshore deep-water oil port.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.


  1. This is a “disruptive event”. Much rewriting of calculations in the tanker trades. Money to be made here.

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