Gulf Coast Update

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Operations at our Houston Fuel Oil Terminal Company are fully online following a temporary shutdown due to Hurricane Harvey. The Houston Ship Channel is open to vessels with 40-foot draft and our terminal is sending and receiving deliveries via ship, pipeline, truck and rail as normal.

HFOTCO was not damaged in the hurricane. We appreciate the significant effort of our employees to manage our assets during this weather event and to safely bring operations back online.   

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Operations are slowly returning to normal at our Houston Fuel Oil Terminal Company. The facility is currently making pipeline transfers, inter-terminal transfers and is able to handle trucks. We expect rail deliveries from the Port Terminal Railroad Association to resume on Saturday.

The U.S. Coast Guard is keeping the Houston Ship Channel closed north of Morgan’s Point due to hazardous currents. Crews are making preparations for the reopening of the portion of the Houston Ship Channel where the terminal is located.

Safety remains our highest priority during this restart.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Our personnel on the Gulf Coast are well trained to deal with hurricanes. Last week we activated our hurricane preparedness plan ahead of Hurricane Harvey making landfall.

No significant damage to our Houston Fuel Oil Terminal Company assets or any of our other operations has been reported. With the continuing rainfall and unsafe travel conditions in some areas of Houston, the HFOTCO facility is being managed with a limited crew.

Business activities on the Houston Ship Channel are temporarily halted due to the storm. We continue to closely monitor the situation and maintain communication with our customers. Our top priority continues to be the safety and well-being of our employees.

We recognize the tremendous personal impact this event is causing many families and individuals who live in the Houston area as well as the impact to the community as a whole. Our thoughts are with all those who are dealing with this difficult situation.