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Looking for gas? Hang on — 12 million gallons of fuel arrived in Port Everglades Tuesday

The roof of a Sunoco gas station is destroyed after Hurricane Irma in Bonita Springs, Fla., Monday, Sept. 11, 2017.
The roof of a Sunoco gas station is destroyed after Hurricane Irma in Bonita Springs, Fla., Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. Naples Daily News via AP

Port Everglades reopened to shipping Tuesday afternoon and five of its petroleum terminals also were open and supplying fuel to local gas stations.

“The trucks are rolling. They’re coming in and filling up with gas,” said Ellen Kennedy, Port Everglades spokeswoman. Port Everglades is home to 12 petroleum terminals. Five were up and running Tuesday morning, and five additional terminals were expected to return to service soon.

The U.S. Coast Guard completed safety checks at the port Tuesday morning, and the Fort Lauderdale port opened to shipping traffic at 12:30 p.m. Among the first arrivals was the petroleum tanker Oregon Voyager, carrying 12 million gallons of gasoline, jet fuel and ethanol, said port spokeswoman Ellen Kennedy.

Three cruise ships, three petroleum tank ships and two cargo ships had been poised for entry to the port since 8 a.m. Outgoing traffic also resumed Tuesday with Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas and Carnival’s Conquest scheduled to set sail.

PortMiami, where sailboats and other debris blocked the navigation channel, had hoped to reopen to shipping traffic as well, but late Tuesday afternoon it still hadn’t been given the all-clear from the Coast Guard. Several cruise ships were waiting outside Government Cut to enter PortMiami, spokeswoman Andria Muniz-Amador said.

In Miami, the port tunnel came through Hurricane Irma in “perfect” condition, she said, and was open to truck and vehicle traffic Tuesday. Trucks were delivering cargo to the Seaboard Marine terminal, she said.

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