Deepest Draft Ever Tanker Ship Calls at Port of Long Beach

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British Pride tanker ship of BP made Port of Long Beach history as it came alongside with a 65 ft. draft.
The spokesman of the Port of Long Beach told that the call of deepest draft tanker ship British Pride gives an example of that its dedication to long-range strategies that is going to help it stay ahead of the maritime industry’s dynamic business needs. A recently finished US$40 million dredging project allowed the supertanker ship and its sister vessel, the British Progress, to deliver more product than ever to the Port’s Berth T121.
The Main Channel and the Middle Harbor Turning Basin have been deepened and widened in order to accommodate the newest generation of mega-vessels. The material that was dredged was unsuitable for disposal in the open ocean so it was placed in a confined landfill at Pier G. This operation allowed the Port to add twelve more acres to the site and equip Pier G with expanded on-dock rail.
The more cargo tanker ships may deliver at berth means less need for lightering - shifting cargo to smaller vessels offshore before docking. Less lightering means less pollution from the marine traffic, and fewer possibilities of a spill. Eventually, the Port of Long Beach hopes to eliminate offshore transfers altogether.