NEW YORK, Sept 20 Gasoline shipments via sea
into the east coast of the United States rose by about 58
percent in the past week, data from Panjiva shows, as Colonial
Pipeline attempts to restart its main gasoline line completely
after a leak.
Shipments rose by 57.9 percent and volumes rose by 22.9
percent between September 9 and 15th compared with the previous
three weeks, according to data from Panjiva, a trade data
company which tracks imports and exports.
Sources have said Colonial shippers began booking vessels to
transport fuel as the gasoline Line 1, the main artery that
connects the U.S. Gulf Coast and the East Coast has been
partially shut down for about 10 days following a 6,000-8,000
barrel leak in Alabama.
About half of the 10 gasoline shipments during the period
were from the Gulf Coast, according to the data.
Shipments of ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) have not yet
increased but this may occur if line 1 cannot be reinstated,
since Colonial is using its distillates line to haul gasoline,
(Reporting by Devika Krishna Kumar in New York, Editing by