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Emco Wheaton assists first crude oil shipment in 40 years

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Emco Wheaton has played a pivotal role in the transfer of the first shipment of US crude oil for export in 40 years, after the Theo T tanker set sail from the Port of Corpus Christi bound for Europe.

The Greek oil tanker was loaded on New Year’s Eve by NuStar Energy LP at its North Beach Terminal at Port Corpus Christi in Texas using three Emco Wheaton Marine Loading Arms.

To cost effectively and safely supply crude oil to the global market, Nustar Energy LP made significant investments in its Corpus Christi terminal operations in 2014 with the purchase of new equipment. The addition of a state of the art metering system, vapour control system, and a dock structure with three Marine Loading Arms from Emco Wheaton were integral in Nustar’s ability to load export-size cargoes at a rate of 30 000 bbls/hr.

Emco Wheaton VP/GM Michael O’Neil said: “It’s a great achievement for Emco Wheaton marine loading arms (MLA) to play such an important role in US history and we are proud to be a part. The company has an enviable track record of providing MLAs to our clients that enhance the ease, safety and efficiency of their dock operations while at the same time meeting the highest standards of the oil and gas industry.”

Emco Wheaton designs and manufactures a wide range of highly engineered MLAs to load and unload almost any liquid and compressed gas product from river barges, ships and ocean going super tankers. The complete MLA package for NuStar has been designed and manufactured at Emco Wheaton’s custom built plant in Kirchhain, Germany, the company’s MLA engineering and technology hub.

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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