On Friday we had a special ship come through the Corpus Christi Channel.
The VLC Anne, reportedly the biggest ship that’s ever been in the Gulf of Mexico, entered the channel about 7:15 am
The ship is 1,093 feet and can carry up to 2 million barrels of oil.The ship headed from the Gulf to Occidental Petroleum, also known as Oxychem, in Ingleside.Nine-hundred thousand barrels of crude oil will be loaded in Ingleside, and the ship then will head offshore, where an additional 300,000 barrels will be transferred onto the ship. The reason this needs to be done is the Channel is not deep enough to .accommodate the fully loaded vessel. Most vessels carry only 300,000 barrels in total. Loading at the Ingleside dock saves about seventy-five cents a barrel.
This first photo is a condo near the entrance to the channel. I took this picture so you can get an idea of the scale of the ship. The condo is six stories tall
Here is the bow of the ship
And the rest. The Anne is registered in Marseilles, France.
The Anne is accompanied by three ocean-going tugs. The tug in front is spraying water. This is a salute of welcome to the Anne.
Here is another shot without the zoom.
Here is a shot of the tug itself
One more photo of the ship.
Here is a closeup of the bridge. Notice the instructions to the crew. Also, note how high the Anne is riding in the water
I took this photo to show the size of a crew member (in orange near the middle of the photo)
A final shot that includes the mothballed drilling rigs.
I hope you enjoyed the visit.