Oil Product Ships Disrupted In French Fos Strike -Port

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Strike action at 's state-administered Autonomous Port of Marseille, which encompasses the oil terminals of Fos-Lavera, continued to disrupt activity there, with 19 oil and gas vessels affected, the Tuesday.

The Lavera terminal is closed, the port said in a statement, adding the Fos terminal is working, albeit slowly. Five ships are being unloaded at the Fos petroleum terminal, the said.

The port said the 24 vessels included 11 tankers of refined petroleum products; seven crude oil tankers; one gas tanker; four ships containing chemicals and one container ship.

Workers are organizing the strike action to protest a government privatization plan.

Four refineries are located in the Fos-Lavera hub - ExxonMobil Corp.'s 119,000-barrel-a-day Fos refinery, Ineos PLC's 207,000-barrel-a-day Lavera plant, Total SA's 158,000-barrel-a-day La Mede refinery and Royal Dutch Shell PLC's 80,000-barrel-a-day Berre l'Etang plant, which is being sold to Basell Holdings.

Source:  Dow Jones Newswires

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