Valdez Marine Terminal, Port Valdez

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The Valdez Marine Terminal is located in Port Valdez, a fjord about 13 miles (21 km) long, that trends east-west from 3 miles (4.8 km) northeast of Valdez Arm to its head at the community of Valdez, Alaska. The fjord was named on June 16, 1790, by Don Salvador Fidalgo for the celebrated Spanish naval officer Antonio Valdes y Basan. The name was adopted by Captain George Vancouver, and thereafter came into local use.

The Valdez Marine Terminal in Prince William Sound is the southern terminus of a crude oil pipeline that starts on Alaska's North Slope in Prudhoe Bay on the Beaufort Sea. The pipeline is 800 miles (1290 km) long and is privately owned by the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company.

The marine terminal was designed for storing and loading crude oil onto tanker ships. There are 14 storage tanks in service, facilities to measure the incoming oil, two functional loading berths, and a power generator. Tanker ships transport the oil from the Valdez Marine Terminal to refineries in Washington and California. Read more here and here. Click here to download the CoastView app and explore Valdez Arm.


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