A whole tanker fleet approached the US shores


Currently, a whole tanker fleet (about three dozen vessels) is anchored in Los Angeles (California, USA). Some tankers are filled with crude oil from Iraq, Brazil and Alaska, and some are filled with oil products from American refineries, which have nowhere to put their goods. The situation is closely monitored by the US Coast Guard.


Due to the unique nature of the situation, the Coast Guard is constantly evaluating and adapting its procedures to ensure the safety of ships anchored and the environment.

- said Los Angeles Coast Guard commander Marshall Newberry.


Orange Dots on Map - Anchored Oil Tankers

As of April 26, 2020, marine monitoring resources and navigation portals (services) confirm this information. They state that Los Angeles has indeed accumulated a large number of tankers. In addition, a video appeared on the Web that clearly demonstrates the situation.


Industry experts explain that tankers are now used as floating storage facilities for a particular product. Demand for oil in the world collapsed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, onshore storage facilities are all crowded, and there aren’t enough tankers for everyone, so the cost of renting them has seriously increased. So oil-producing countries and companies that do not have their own tanker fleet found themselves in a difficult situation. Moreover, oil refiners actually hunt for empty tankers and compete with oil producers for the possibility of renting.
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  1. Observer2014 Offline
    Observer2014 April 26 2020 10: 34
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    Cool business, by the way. Who has what and where to do oil storage. yes And buy bucks. Yet again. who has what. Thanks to our beloved Russian government. Nowhere and even more so that there is no way. Not a second, and even more so the first.
    1. Eduard Aplombov Offline
      Eduard Aplombov (Eduard Aplombov) April 26 2020 12: 40
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      Your government in Kiev eats up a horse, jump there, maybe, after all, they will give a pension.
    2. Dear sofa expert. April 27 2020 22: 00
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      He joked, he laughed. Yes?)
  2. Bulanov Offline
    Bulanov (Vladimir) April 26 2020 12: 52
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    And if a storm suddenly begins, then what will become of the environment? How many storm points will these tankers withstand?
  3. Sergey Latyshev (Serge) April 26 2020 15: 01
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    And 2 days ago they wrote that some 40 oil tankers were JAMMED in the ocean ...

    But generally speaking, if there are tankers, you can use them as oil storage facilities ...
    1. 123 Offline
      123 (123) April 27 2020 00: 16
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      And 2 days ago they wrote that some 40 oil tankers were JAMMED in the ocean ...

      By reference:

      https://www.marinetraffic.com/ru/ais/home/centerx:-94.0/centery:28.8/zoom:7

      - more than 100 pieces in the Gulf of Mexico the oars are dried, only in the Houston area about 40 pieces, and these are only those that are anchored. yes

      But generally speaking, if there are tankers, you can use them as oil storage facilities ...

      Soon there will be even more repositories of good and different. laughing
      1. Sergey Latyshev (Serge) April 27 2020 07: 53
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        Thank. Thousands and thousands, and only 140 there ... Surely they will still be bought as storage.
    2. Dear sofa expert. April 27 2020 21: 57
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      You can, you can .. and then what? Do you even know how much a tanker downtime costs?