Successful VLCC test at Port Corpus Christi marks an historic occasion
May 30, 2017
The Euronav Anne, a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) was successfully tested at the Oxy Ingleside Energy Center at Port Corpus Christi. This occasion marks the first time that a U.S. crude oil export facility has received such a large vessel.
Port Corpus Christi continues to set the benchmark for exporting U.S. produced crude oil. The port was the first to send an export load of crude oil following the lift of a forty year U.S. embargo on crude oil exports at the end of 2015 aboard the THEO T. An additional port record was set in April 2017 when 930,000 barrels of crude oil was loaded to the Suezmax Cap Romuald that sailed from Corpus Christi.
The Permian Basin is the largest and fastest growing production area in the United States. With pipelines providing direct connections from the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale to Port Corpus Christi the port is ideally positioned to serve as an export hub in satisfying the rising world demand for U.S. produced crude oil.
Port Corpus Christi is in the midst of a 10-year, $1 billion Capital Investment program. A major component of the program includes the Corpus Christi Ship Channel deepening and widening project. This project will enhance the existing -47 foot (MLLW) Corpus Christi Ship Channel depth to -54 foot (MLLW), expanding width to 530 feet, and installing barge shelves along the channel. Additionally, construction of the longest cable-stayed bridge in the Western Hemisphere is underway to replace the aging Corpus Christi Harbor Bridge. Scheduled for completion in 2020, the bridge will provide increased air draft clearance to 205 feet.