The vision of Newfoundland Transshipment Limited (NTL) is to remain a world class transshipment facility for east coast Canada’s present and future offshore oil production. NTL was formed in 1996 to oversee the construction and operation of a major marine transshipment facility located in Whiffen Head, Placentia Bay, Newfoundland & Labrador (NL), on Canada’s east coast. Construction of the Terminal was completed in the fall of 1998 and the operation has been ongoing since that time. The NTL facility was specifically designed to handle crude oil production from the oil fields located offshore NL. These fields are generally located some 325 km east of NL in the northwest Atlantic Ocean. The Terminal received its first production from the Hibernia field in October 1998, from the Terra Nova field in February 2002, and from the White Rose field in June 2007.
Placentia Bay is one of the world’s largest and deepest navigable bays. It is one of Canada’s largest ports based on tonnage; largely crude oil and petroleum products. Placentia Bay is a compulsory pilotage port, under the Atlantic Pilotage Authority. Vessel traffic is managed by a Vessel Traffic Management Center operated by the Canadian Coast Guard, located in Argentia, twenty miles south of the NTL Terminal. All vessels visiting NTL’s Whiffen Head Terminal are vetted both internally and by an independent external agency.
The Terminal is designed to transship production of these fields and does so through its two main jetties and three million three hundred thousand barrels of storage capacity in its six storage tanks. Crude deliveries from offshore facilities are affected by way of a dedicated offshore fleet of four suezmax shuttle vessels. NTL owns and operates two tugs, Placentia Pride and Placentia Hope, capable of docking, undocking and escorting tankers safely to and from the facility. NTL has a tug escort program which requires all laden tankers visiting the terminal to be escorted by one of its tugs.
NTL’s mission is to deliver exceptional customer service through engaged employees, who provide safe, environmentally responsible, and cost effective crude oil transshipment services. NTL works closely with the offshore production installations to avoid impact on their production capacity.
NTL has a stellar record of personal safety and environmental stewardship and prides itself on a philosophy of continuous training for all levels of personnel in areas of operation, safety and environmental care and concern.