The Bullenbaai Terminal was built to facilitate the transshipment of Middle East and West African crude oil destined for the shallow water ports of the US Gulf and East Coasts, and is the longest established and much the largest terminal in the Caribbean. Since opening in 1974 it has provided an important link in the international transportation of crude oil (monthly throughputs often exceeding 1 million barrels per day), not only in these supply routes, but also from South and Central America to the European markets. Transshipment at Bullenbaai Terminal has enabled refiners and traders alike to take advantage of substantial freight savings by utilizing relatively low unit cost Very large crude carriers/Ultra large crude carriers tonnage for the long haul to or from Bullenbaai Terminal in conjunction with the smaller tankers necessary for discharge in the USA and loading in South and Central America.
By virtue of the size and flexibility of the facility Bullenbaai Terminal has more recently been able to develop, both segregated heated tankage suitable for fuel oil and heavy crude oil storage and blending, and segregated clean tankage suitable for the storage and blending of clean oil products. This flexibility is important in enabling Bullenbaai Terminal to respond to the varied and rapidly changing requirements of international oil supply and trading.
The size and flexibility of the terminal has also enabled Bullenbaai Terminal to provide for other important developments from this traditional transshipment such as bulk strategic crude oil storage, the handling of heated crude oil and the blending of heated and unheated crude oil to give an unheated blend for easier handling of on-shipment, complex ship to ship cargo transfers and crude oil time exchanges, all of which reflect a changing and more complex international oil market. Bullenbaai Terminal was constructed and is maintained to meet the highest safety and environmental standards of the industry. In addition to extensive mobile and fixed fire control equipment, Bullenbaai Terminal maintains oil spill clean up equipment including, skimmers, booms and approved chemical dispersants.
Bullenbay Oil Terminal is used for crude oil storage (heating facilities for heavy crudes, fuel oil storage), blending (heating facilities) and transshipment.
Currently Bullenbaai is used to receive smaller parcels from Venezuela for shipment with large crude carriers to amongst others, China.
|1 tank||each||1.000.000 barrels||159.000 m³|
|16 tanks||each||750.000 barrels||119.250 m³|
|6 tanks||each||375.000 barrels||59.625 m³|
|38 tanks||total||17.750.000 barrels||2.822.250 m³|
*Total capacity in use is 16.3 MMBLS (million barrels).
*At Bullenbaai a number of tanks are converted to internal floating covers.
|1||250.000 DWT||draft 69 feet|
|2||70.000 DWT||draft 42 feet (Out Of Service)|
|3||100.000 DWT||draft 56 feet|
|4||550.000 DWT||draft 94 feet|
|5||100.000 DWT||draft 65 feet|
|6||550.000 DWT||draft 94 feet|