Nov 3 The 16-million-barrel International-Matex
Tank Terminals oil terminal in Bayonne, New Jersey has partially
re-opened following power losses due to superstorm Sandy, its
operator said on Saturday.
The fuel terminal, the biggest in the New York Harbor, is
still "coming back online," said terminal manager Richard
As of Saturday, around half of the facilities at the site
were back to normal operation and the major regional fuel
repository was awaiting nominations, or orders to ship out fuel,
from its customers, Fisette said.
A pipeline serving the facility is operational and damage
assessments at the site have not indicated fuel leakage from
tanks or pipelines there, Fisette added.
Bayonne, New Jersey was hard hit by Sandy and, like other
low-lying areas of the Northeast, suffered flooding and power
outages when Sandy made landfall on Monday.
A part owner of the IMTT terminal, Macquarie, said on Friday
that the terminal was expected to restart next week.
The Bayonne terminal, which houses 620 tanks, is located 10
miles (16 km) south of Manhattan and covers an area of 600 acres
(243 hectares). It includes loading and unloading facilities for
truck and rail, and a dedicated IMTT pipeline linking it to the
main long-haul oil product pipelines into the Northeast region.
Located in both New York and New Jersey, the New York
Harbor's facilities can store more than 75 million barrels of
oil. IMTT's terminal accounts for around a fifth of the Harbor's
The Harbor resumed operations and ship traffic on Friday,
but oil industry sources say that supply chains are still under
strain, and some other New York Harbor fuel terminals are still
Retail gasoline and heating oil distribution remains
strained following Sandy. Some heating oil distributors in the
New York City area said on Friday they are uncertain when
regular shipments of heating fuel will resume from the Harbor to
distribution centers around the city.
IMTT, headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, owns and
operates 10 marine storage terminals in the United States and is
the part owner and operator of two terminals in Canada. It has a
storage capacity of more than 43 million barrels across all its
(Reporting by Joshua Schneyer; Editing by Eric Walsh)