Many of our customers transport oil in tankers that are too large to enter their respective discharge ports. Our solution is to provide specialist lightering services to transfer the cargo from larger vessels to smaller ships more suited to local ports. Lightering is part of the comprehensive, value-added service we deliver to our customers across the world.
We are market leaders in US Gulf lightering operations where we manage the transfer of our customers’ crude oil from VLCCs to smaller Aframax tankers to serve the US refineries. In June 2013, we successfully completed our 10,000th fully supported lightering operation in the region.
We operate from a dedicated shore facility in Galveston, Texas where we run our own fleet of workboats including four first-in-class lightering support vessels (LSVs). This ensures we deliver a safe, efficient and high quality service.
In addition, we also conduct lightering operations off the coast of Uruguay where, in 2012, we successfully transferred over 10 million barrels of oil. We aim to expand our expertise into other geographies to meet growing customer demand.