Liquefied Petroleum Gas Terminal
PetroPort – Gas is the facility responsible for conducting activities of reception, storage, mix, , handling and dispatch of petroleum derived products and specially liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). The terminal has30 Bullet type storage tanks designed and built under the ASME BPVC Section VIII, under a working pressure of up to 250 psi at a temperature of 125F.
The terminal receives by sea, bulk liquefied petroleum gases such as butane and HD 5 commercial propane. Facilities in activity odorant injection of additives such as Ethyl Mercaptan are performed to adjust the LPG to comply with regulations and industry standards for marketing in the country.
It has a pumping system through 9 positive pumps for service load tankers with a displacement capacity that ranges from 220 gls/min. This equipment is used for internal transfer of LPG. Handle the products in vapor phase.
We have six (6) Butane and two (2) HD5 Propane discharge slots, in which the trucks are filled and controlled by automatic filling from the time the hose connects to the tank; it can be operated from the discharge slots and/or from the control room. The filling process is performed in approximately 45 minutes for each loading area. The service is offered to customers through two 8 hour shifts.
In an emergency, the company has an automatic central lock, located at various points of the plant, ensuring safety in the process of filling in the terminal.
Additionally, product mixtures of liquefied petroleum gas are done in the plant in order to be traded as a different product in different fractions of partial composition of butane and propane according to the specifications requested from our customers.
Pier 16 Facilities
We have different positions at Pier 16 of Cristobal, managed and operated by Panama Ports Company, S.A., allowing reception and dispatch of the diverse range of products that we handle. Located at coordinates N9°20’42” W79°54’18”, with longitudes of 139.92 meters wide and 359.37 meters long at its maximum extension, the draft free depth is of 39.4 feet (12 meters) and the ship maximum size is 70K DWT. It is a frontal type pier that extends in its three sides to a loading and unloading product zone.
Docking maneuvers are done in close coordination between the client and the shipping agent of the vessel to ensure prompt attention to vessels once they’ve docked. The docking positions depending on the activity are coordinated with the docking department through a review of terminal and port needs.
Docking maneuvers are carried out with Panama Canal Authority Pilots, with the help of hired tugboats. There are restrictions for docking of tankers in AB Position in case there are vessels already docked in port 10 of the Cristobal Port (this situation is left up to the judgment of the Panama Canal Authority Pilot).
For loading/unloading operations at the pier, we have dedicated hoses for each marine product handled on the ground, ensuring the integrity of the product in terms of quality when downloaded. The operations are measured in volumetric meters. A cross-check measurement of quantities released by the terminal are compared to measurement of the barge’s content in order to ensure efficient transfer.