Port Canaveral Welcomes New 115,000 Ton Aframax Tanker, Carries 442,131 Barrels of Jet Fuel

By  //  April 2, 2019

Tanker Built in 2018

The crude oil tanker ProStar discharges jet fuel at Port Canaveral’s North Cargo Berth 2 (Canaveral Port Authority Image)

BREVARD COUNTY • PORT CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – Port Canaveral cargo operations reached another highpoint recently with the arrival of the Aframax tanker ProStar at North Cargo Berth 2 for its first delivery in North America to discharge 442,131 barrels of jet fuel at Seaport Canaveral.

Built in 2018, the 820-foot-long, 144-foot-wide ProStar, with a crew of 23 and a summer dead weight tonnage of 115,000 tons, is the first Aframax vessel to visit the Port.

“The ProStar’s arrival emphasizes Port Canaveral’s growing role in supporting Central Florida’s economic growth,” Port CEO Captain John Murray stated.

“Upgrades to berth infrastructure, our channel and turning basin have enhanced our ability to accommodate increased cargo volumes coming into the region.”

CEO Capt. John Murray, left, and Seaport Canaveral General Manager David Smith, right, present plaques to ProStar Capt. Alexander Ivanishvili. (Canaveral Port Authority Image)

In keeping with Port tradition, Port Canaveral CEO Capt. John Murray and Seaport Canaveral Corp. General Manager David Smith presented plaques to ProStar Capt. Alexander Ivanishvili to mark the massive double-hulled tanker’s first visit to the Port.

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The ProStar, which sailed 45 days from its loading port in South Korea, departed Port Canaveral on March 16 for New York.

An Aframax ship is a medium-sized crude oil tanker with a dead weight tonnage ranging between 80,000 and 120,000 tons and a capacity to carry up to 132,000 tons of crude oil.

The term is based on the Average Freight Rate Assessment (AFRA), a tanker rate system created in 1954 to standardize shipping contract terms.