Bridgestone Receives $5-Million Order For Hose For LOOP Terminal
Bridgestone Tire Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, recently received a sizable order for large-bore marine hose for unloading crude oil, from Fluor Ocean Services, Inc., Houston, Texas, who is the contractor for the project of the Louisiana O f f s h o r e Oil Port (LOOP).
The contract will amount to approximately $5-million on CIF basis.
The LOOP Marine Terminal will be the first deepwater port in the United States capable of unloading crude oil from supertankers up to 700,000 deadweight tons, and will be located approximately 19 miles offshore the state of Louisiana, where three singlepoint mooring buoys will start operating in July 1980.
In the first phase of the operations, it is expected that 1.4 million barrels will pass through per day, with the terminal accommodating 330 tankers annually.
The marine hose, to be used in the LOOP Marine Terminal for transporting crude oil from the tanker to the single-point mooring buoy, has an inside diameter of 24 inches, the largest bore of marine hose in the world, and had to meet the h i g h e s t i n d u s t ry standards.