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St. Croix Waits With Bated Breath For Announcement Limetree Bay Will Expand Operations Here

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CHRISTIANSTED — In coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard and local officials, Limetree Bay Terminals said it had resumed commercial operations about two weeks after the passing of Hurricane Maria.

Truck rack loading operations serving local and area fuel suppliers resumed within 24 hours of the hurricane, and vessels commenced shore tank loading and unloading operations shortly thereafter.

An announcement that Limetree Bay was expanding its storage capacity here was expected on Jan. 15, 2018, but so far no statement has been made by the company about its future operations.

In addition, Limetree continues to work in coordination with the government of the Virgin Islands, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and private relief efforts to aid in the delivery and distribution of supplies.

Limetree is committed to supporting near term hurricane relief efforts as well as longer-term regional recovery planning and will continue to provide assistance in support of these efforts where possible.

Limetree Bay Terminals, L.L.C. owns and operates a terminal storage and marine facility in St. Croix that consists of 32 million barrels of crude oil and petroleum product storage capacity, a deep-water port with ten ship docks and six dedicated tug boats, a truck rack, and idled refinery units with total peak processing capacity of 650 thousand barrels per day.

It is located on about 1,500 acres situated along the south shore of St. Croix.

Limetree is a joint venture between an affiliate of ArcLight Energy Partners Fund VI and an affiliate of Freepoint Commodities.

More information about ArcLight, and a complete list of ArcLight’s portfolio companies, can be found at  More information about Freepoint can be found at


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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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