25 Oil Tankers Stuck In Gulf, Unable To Offload Due To Harvey Port Closures

According to ship-tracking data compiled by Bloomberg, coupled with MarineTraffic real-time tracking, at least 25 tankers carrying almost 17 million barrels of imported crude oil are drifting near Texas and Louisiana ports, unable to offload because of closures from Tropical Storm Harvey.

Source: MarineTraffic

A Bloomberg further details, 20 Aframaxes, 3 VLCCs, 2 Suezmaxes are currently waiting off Texas ports of Corpus Christi, Freeport, Texas City, Houston and Galveston, as well as off Sabine Pass and Lake Charles, Louisiana. This is three more than the 22 ships that were "drifting" on August 28.

Follows a description of the stuck tankers' cargo:

  • 6m bbl Mexican crude, including Maya
  • 4m bbl Saudi oil
  • 3.3m bbl Venezuela crude
  • 2m bbl from Iraq
  • 500k bbl Castilla from Colombia
  • 500k bbl Ostra from Brazil
  • 500k bbl Bonga from Nigeria

Additionally, here is a current status update of the various ports:

Corpus Christi:

  • Port shut since Aug. 24, sees return to normal operations by Sept. 4
  • Refineries planning restarts for this week:
    • Flint Hills may restart as soon as Tuesday
    • Valero, Citgo preparing for restart
  • Oil imports via Corpus Christi in 2016 were 225.8k b/d
    • Top suppliers, according to EIA data compiled by Bloomberg:
    • Venezuela 31%
    • Saudi Arabia 18%
    • Iraq 13%


  • Port shut
  • Phillips 66 Sweeny (247k b/d) shut
  • Oil imports via Freeport in 2016 were 128.6k b/d, of which 98% came from Venezuela and the rest from Saudi Arabia: EIA data


  • Port of Houston still shut, no timeline for reopening
  • Shell Deer Park (316.6k b/d capacity) shut; LyondellBasell (263.8k b/d) cuts rates; Exxon Baytown complex (560.5k b/d), Exxon Beaumont (344.6k b/d), Marathon Galveston Bay (451k b/d) in process of shutting down
  • Oil imports via Houston, largest U.S. port for imported oil, 574.7k b/d in 2016, according to EIA; top suppliers:
    • Mexico 51%
    • Saudi Arabia 15%
    • Colombia 13%

Sabine Pass:

  • Sabine pilots say pass closed since 1pm local time Friday
  • Valero Port Arthur (330k b/d) has reformer, sulfur plant down; Motiva Port Arthur (605k b/d), U.S.’s largest refinery, and Total Port Arthur (225.5k b/d) cut rates
  • Oil imports via Port Arthur in 2016 were 553.1k b/d; top suppliers:
    • Saudi Arabia 37%
    • Venezuela 24%
    • Mexico 20%

Lake Charles:

  • Port shut since Aug. 28
  • Oil imports via Lake Charles in 2016 were 267.3k b/d; top suppliers:
    • Venezuela 46%
    • Saudi Arabia 19%
    • Mexico 12%

Source: Bloomberg


GUS100CORRINA Francis Marx Tue, 08/29/2017 - 18:25 Permalink

25 Oil Tankers Stuck In Gulf, Unable To Offload Due To Harvey Port ClosuresMy response: This situation looks like it is getting very real and serious at light speed.No wonder the CENTRAL BANKS entered the markets today to PUSH UP PRICES GLOBALLY.Now all the world needs is a couple of additional disasters and it will all come down like a HOUSE OF CARDS.We are living in interesting times. The MONEY PRINTING is about to goto WARP SPEED.

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FoggyWorld Tue, 08/29/2017 - 15:59 Permalink

Didn't get the name of the Port, but Fox News just had the Harbor master on of the area where most of those refineries are and they are aiming to be back in business by Labor Day.   The Coast Guard, The Army Corps of Engineers have to check things out and the companies themselves will have to test out all of the equipment they use but the guy sounded very hopeful.The hard part of this story is inland and where the people and companies have been wiped out.

Son of Loki Tue, 08/29/2017 - 16:03 Permalink

Glad the Democrat Mayor of Houston called this disaster a "nothing burger" and told the Houston people not to evacuate. Another Democrat dope destroys a city.

ReturnOfDaMac Son of Loki Tue, 08/29/2017 - 16:13 Permalink

C'mon Loki, this is bigger than politics.  Hurricanes happen.  If he had ordered an evacuation and people got stuck on the freeways and died in their cars due to floods we'd be bitching about that too.  Look at how these nameless, colorless, faceless Americans have come to each others aid.  Been through more than my share of natural disasters, on this scale.  There are no absolute right and wrongs, just trying to do your best.  In the aftermath, we get to see our character and pray we are worthy.

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Never One Roach ReturnOfDaMac Tue, 08/29/2017 - 16:24 Permalink

The low lying areas should have been evacuated for sure. It's the same thing over and over there and even the med centers don't learn since they have 6 inches of water in their lobbies.Mayor Turner thought he was smart to oppose the governor and the presdient by telling Houstonians the exact opposite of what they recommended which was evacuate the low lying areas that historically always flood. It's common sense and not as hard as you say. There are hundreds of school buses the HISD could have lent the city and re-locate these folks to a safe place temporarlity.Even the NOAA experts warned there will be disastrous flooding. Luckily, despite the devisive last presiednt we had, Texans always come together to help in these situations despite DC politics.

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YourAverageJoe Never One Roach Tue, 08/29/2017 - 16:52 Permalink

Dewatering pumps can only remove the amount of water in the amount of time they were designed to do.C'mon man, you surely realize this was an unprecedented event.I didn't evacuate, but I understand topography and was here to see the horrors of an un-necessary evacuation during Rita.Do you really need or want a government official to tell you what to do?Don't be the armchair judge after the fact. You're better than that.

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ReturnOfDaMac YourAverageJoe Tue, 08/29/2017 - 18:24 Permalink

"Don't be the armchair judge after the fact. You're better than that." --- he is, I've seen him post before.  I think this is emotion, heart hurts looking at fellow Americans suffer like this.  I hurt with him too, but we will help Houston pull through this.  They are tough people.  Even though we fight like cats and dawgs amongst ourselves, when this kinda of stuff happens, we become invincible 'Muricans, kick all obstacles and get 'er done. Just you watch!

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YourAverageJoe Son of Loki Tue, 08/29/2017 - 16:13 Permalink

We do have "free will" down here you know. Some people have critical thinking skills, where others do not.I guess it could be looked at as Darwinism.And tho I did not vote for the guy, I can assure you he didn't destroy the city, but since you're paying attention, please keep an eye out for reports of rioting, arson, and looting, because in spite of the disaster, I can't find a report on Houstonians doing these things.Could it be the water?

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Son of Captain Nemo Tue, 08/29/2017 - 16:07 Permalink

No worries. If they can't get them out due to the weather they can just dump it in the Gulf on top of millions of gallons that Deepwater Horizon lost and was sunk with millions of gallons of corexit!...

I'm sure Obama left careful instructions on behalf of BP for Trump to dump more of it if need be on top of what's already at the bottom.

My understanding is the fish and plant life "just love it" as do the fishermen!!!

wisehiney Tue, 08/29/2017 - 16:23 Permalink

When I get off of this mountainYou know where I want to goStraight down the Mississippi RiverTo the Gulf of Mexico.To Lake Charles, LouisianaLittle Bessie, girl that I once knewAnd she told me just to come on byIf there's anything she could do.Up on Cripple Creek she sends meIf I spring a leak she mends meI don't have to speak she defends meA drunkard's dream if I ever did see one

NoWayJose Tue, 08/29/2017 - 18:05 Permalink

How much longer until someone uses their brain and realizes that the oil infrastructure in east Texas is NOT coming back anytime soon?

There are no houses for workers, no roads to move things, no ports for oil tankers, no refineries capable of running without major repair, no oil support companies making parts or doing services, no electricity and no clean water.

Don't look for 'normal' in next week's numbers!