Local drivers are breathing easier knowing a larger tanker is unloading 4.2 million gallons of gasoline at Port Panama City.
Hurricane Katrina caused all kinds of gas shortages across the country. We are lucky in Bay County as the Chevron tanker “Arizona Voyager” came into port for the first time and had plenty of gasoline.
The 631-foot-long tanker is the largest vessel of its type ever in the local port. It normally travels from Pascagoula, Mississippi to Tampa. At one point it was caught up in the hurricane.
Fortunately, Katrina did minimal damage to the tanker and its back on the job delivering gasoline to several Gulf Coast ports.
The large tanker was able to make it into port due to the deep water in the channel.