Lightering involves discharging cargoes from large ships into smaller vessels that are more suited to enter the destination port. VLCCs bringing crude oil from West Africa and the Middle East to the US Gulf are discharged (or lightered) into our own Aframax vessels which then serve a range of local refineries. Lightering is a highly skilled activity and AET employs approximately 100 people and a fleet of dedicated workboats at Galveston, Texas to ensure the highest quality of service for our customers. Uniquely, AET also maintains the largest aframax fleet in the US Gulf region (around 30 vessels) to ensure the flexibility required to meet our customers’ demands.
At AET we are proud to command the largest share of the US Gulf lightering market and to enjoy the best on-time performance of any US Gulf operator.