The Louisiana Offshore Oil Port last week received a cargo of Western Canadian crude, the heavy sour grade Access Western Blend, which appears to be the oil terminal’s first import from that region in recent history. Marathon imported last week about 579,000 barrels of 24.1 API Access Western Blend on the 109,000 mt Aframax tanker Seavoyager, which originally sailed from Vancouver, according to US Customs and Platts Analytics data. Cenovus was listed as the shipper. It departed Vancouver on April 19, moved along the Pacific Coast of North America before transiting the Panama Canal around May 5-6 and arriving at LOOP around May 11, according to Platts vessel-tracking software cFlow. LOOP has not previously imported any Western Canadian crude by water, having only before seen Eastern Canadian grades Hibernia, Terra Nova and Hebron, according to data dating back to August 2015. Most market sources seemed to think this may […]