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Force Majeure lifted on Odfjell Terminals Houston

Since the fire on December 11, 2020, Odfjell Terminals Houston has been diligently working to restore operations at its Seabrook terminal. While the terminal remains on certain portable equipment pending arrival of long lead replacement items, which may affect or impede certain activities, we are pleased to report that OTH is lifting force majeure for the Seabrook terminal effective from January 22, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. CST. 

Update | January 6, 2021:

Odfjell Terminals Houston (OTH) is still closed after the fire that occurred in the hydraulic oil pump area on December 11. However, OTH remains focused on resuming operations as quickly and safely as possible.

Update | December 15, 2020: Operations temporarily suspended at Odfjell Terminals Houston

Further to the fire incident that occurred in the utility area at Odfjell Terminals Houston Friday evening, December 11, 2020, at approx. 17:30 hrs., the terminal suffered damages to certain systems necessary to its operations. The fire was isolated to the terminal's utility area. 

There are no safety or environmental concerns at this time as we continue to assess the affected area and facilitate repairs. All stored products are secure and are being continually monitored with necessary backup systems in place for safe storage. 

The affected systems are necessary to operate key utility systems for product transfers throughout the terminal. We continue to work with our contractors, vendors and suppliers to expedite temporary equipment to resume limited operations and to facilitate repairs needed for full operations. Bringing these systems safely back online as quickly as possible remains our highest priority.

At this time, the projected timeline to resume (partial) operations is still unknown. 

Consequently to the fire that occurred at Odfjell Terminal Houston on December 11th, 2020 at approximately 5:30 PM (CST) and required Odfjell Terminal Houston to cease operations, Odfjell Terminal Houston declares this occurrence to be an incident of Force Majeure and asserts the protections available under our appliable agreement (Terminal Services Agreement, Terminaling and Intermodal Transfer Agreement, or other relevant agreement). 


Update | December 14, 2020:

On December 11, Odfjell Terminals Houston experienced a Level 1 hydraulic oil fire in its Powerpack Room. The fire was quickly extinguished, but terminal operations were temporarily suspended pending assessment of damages.

The fire occurred at approx. 17:30 CST. The terminal team and local fire departments responded quickly, and the fire was extinguished at around 20:00 on December 11. No injuries occurred. The fire was isolated to only a few sections of the building, no chemicals were involved and air samples showed acceptable quality standards.

We extend our appreciation to the first responders and local fire departments for their invaluable support. We remain focused on ensuring the safety of the community and the products we handle as we develop our plan to resume operations.

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