10 petroleum companies reopen at Port Everglades

2 sustain water intrusion, other related issues, port spokeswoman says

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. - Ten petroleum companies have reopened at Port Everglades and are working around-the-clock to meet the unusually high consumer demand for fuel following Hurricane Irma, Port Everglades spokeswoman Ellen Kennedy said Wednesday in a news release.

Kennedy said trucks began delivering storm reserves Monday morning after the storm.

Three petroleum tanker ships arrived Tuesday and were offloading 18 million gallons of gasoline, 3.5 million gallons of diesel and 14.7 million gallons of jet fuel Wednesday morning.

Two more tankers are scheduled to arrive Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

Kennedy said the two petroleum companies that are still working to reopen have water intrusion and other related issues.

The port is now operating with no restrictions by order of the U.S. Coast Guard captain of the port.

Kennedy said three cruise ships arrived to the port on Tuesday, including the Carnival Conquest, Carnival Splendor and Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas.

Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas, which extended its itinerary because of the storm, arrived to the port on Wednesday.

Carnival Sensation was diverted to Port Everglades from Miami Wednesday morning.

Kennedy said Holland America Line's Maasdam will arrive on Wednesday as well on its regular schedule.

The Port is prepared for the possibility of additional cruise ships, she said.

Kennedy said Southport reopened Wednesday morning to cargo traffic. 

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