Complete Coverage on Hurricane Harvey:

Phillips 66 Uses Jones Act Waiver to Book Foreign Tanker as U.S.-Flagged ‘Armada’ Heads for Florida

Phillips 66 has taken advantage of the U.S. Department of Homeland Securities' temporary Jones Act waiver applying to tankers in response to fuel shortages in the southeast United States in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Argus Media reported Thursday.  The foreign charter comes as an "armada" of at least 26 U.S.-flagged vessels carrying millions of gallons … [Read more...]

Beaumont Port Still Restricted After Harvey

By Julia Simon NEW YORK, Sept 15 (Reuters) - While crude deliveries by larger ships to Beaumont in Texas remain restricted after Hurricane Harvey, a workaround using pipelines can supply Exxon Mobil's refinery there, shipping sources said. Beaumont's port has been closed to ship traffic over 26 feet (8 meters) since Sept. 9 by the U.S. Coast Guard, because of shoaling - … [Read more...]

U.S. Extends Jones Act Waiver in Wake of Hurricanes Irma, Harvey

The Department of Homeland Security's Acting Secretary, Elaine Duke, has extended the limited Jones Act waiver for tankers that it had issued last week ahead of Hurricane Irma's landfall in Florida. The original waiver, which was specifically tailored to transportation of refined petroleum products in hurricane-affected areas, was issued September 8 at the recommendation of … [Read more...]

NOAA’s New Weather Satellite Captured Stunning Images of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

The most-advanced weather satellite ever developed by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has given scientists and the general public an unprecedented birds-eye-view of the major hurricanes hitting the United States in recent weeks. Launched in November 2016, the GOES-16 is NOAA's next-generation weather satellite equipped with Advanced Baseline … [Read more...]

U.S. Gulf Refiners Rumble Back to Life Post-Harvey

By Erwin Seba and David Gaffen HOUSTON, Sept 12 (Reuters) - U.S. refineries are restarting after Hurricane Harvey forced them to shut down two weeks ago, raising the risk of fires and explosions that could prolong fuel supply disruption as plants simultaneously reheat units and reactivate catalysts. Restarts are one of the most dangerous times for refinery workers, so … [Read more...]