LOOP offshore oil port staying open despite spill

HOUSTON, June 3 (BestGrowthStock) – The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port
is and plans to remain operational despite remnants of the Gulf
of Mexico oil spill passing by, a spokeswoman said Thursday.

“We are not closing. We’ve gotten the full support of the
Coast Guard to keep LOOP operational,” said spokeswoman Barb

The only U.S. port capable of unloading supertankers, LOOP
is about 100 miles (160 km) west of the BP Plc (BP.L: ) well that
has spewed oil since an April 20 explosion killed 11 workers.

Consisting of three unloading buoys and a platform linked
to storage onshore, LOOP is in the Gulf 18 miles south of Grand
Isle, Louisiana, in water 110 feet (33.5 meters) deep.

Weathered globs of oil and sheen have appeared in the area
as the spill has spread, but LOOP monitors air and water to
make sure vessels can unload safely, the spokeswoman said.

“We haven’t seen any detectable levels of harmful vapors,”
Hestermann said.

Ships visiting LOOP do not have to be oil-free because they
are not calling at a shore-based port, and Coast Guard cleaning
stations are available if needed, Hestermann said.


(Reporting by Bruce Nichols; Editing by Marguerita Choy)

LOOP offshore oil port staying open despite spill