Crowley Maritime Corp. announced Thursday that it has dispatched 18 company owned and-or operated petroleum vessels to discharge gasoline and diesel into Florida ports in the coming few days.
The mobilization responds to fuel shortages caused by the unprecedented evacuation of millions of Floridians ahead of Hurricane Irma.
The vessels include Crowley’s MT Ohio and Florida, which were among the first tankers to bring fuel into the Port of Tampa on Tuesday along with MT West Virginia in Port Everglades.
Fuel is being discharged to all of the major terminals in Florida - Jacksonville, Port Canaveral and Ft. Lauderdale in addition to Tampa.
The vessels will be bringing a combined volume 2.75 million barrels, or 115 million gallons, of gasoline and 500,000 barrels ... or 21 million gallons ... of diesel fuel within an eight-day period.
Authorities say that's enough to fill the tanks of more than seven million cars once distributed from the ports to service stations across the state.
The vessels began discharging as soon as local fuel depot and port authorities gave the all clear to do so.
Even so, berth ability is still limited, so that means offloading the fuel will take time as the tankers essentially wait in line for their turn to dock and discharge the fuel they're hauling.