Middle East

UAE opens first jetty outside Gulf to load fuel onto tankers

  • Ruler of Fujairah, Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, cuts the ribbon to inaugurate the launch of the new $650 million oil facility in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. The United Arab Emirates has opened its first jetty outside the Persian Gulf that is capable of loading oil onto some of the world's biggest tanker ships. The launch of the new $650 million facility in the eastern city of Fujairah on Wednesday will make it easier for hulking tanker ships known as "very large crude carriers" to load their cargo rather than have it ferried to them out at sea. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    Ruler of Fujairah, Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, cuts the ribbon to inaugurate the launch of the new $650 million oil facility in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. The United Arab Emirates has opened its first jetty outside the Persian Gulf that is capable of loading oil onto some of the world's biggest tanker ships. The launch of the new $650 million facility in the eastern city of Fujairah on Wednesday will make it easier for hulking tanker ships known as "very large crude carriers" to load their cargo rather than have it ferried to them out at sea. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

  • An Emirati official takes a selfie as an oil tanker approaches the new Jetty during the launch of the new $650 million oil facility in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. The U.A.E has opened its first jetty outside the Persian Gulf that is capable of loading oil onto some of the world's biggest tanker ships. The launch of the facility will make it easier for hulking tanker ships known as "very large crude carriers" to load their cargo rather than have it ferried to them out at sea. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    An Emirati official takes a selfie as an oil tanker approaches the new Jetty during the launch of the new $650 million oil facility in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. The U.A.E has opened its first jetty outside the Persian Gulf that is capable of loading oil onto some of the world's biggest tanker ships. The launch of the facility will make it easier for hulking tanker ships known as "very large crude carriers" to load their cargo rather than have it ferried to them out at sea. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

  • The sun shines from behind the clouds over the Fujairah port during the launch of the new $650 million oil facility in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. The U.A.E has opened its first jetty outside the Persian Gulf that is capable of loading oil onto some of the world's biggest tanker ships. The launch of the facility will make it easier for hulking tanker ships known as "very large crude carriers" to load their cargo rather than have it ferried to them out at sea. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

    The sun shines from behind the clouds over the Fujairah port during the launch of the new $650 million oil facility in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. The U.A.E has opened its first jetty outside the Persian Gulf that is capable of loading oil onto some of the world's biggest tanker ships. The launch of the facility will make it easier for hulking tanker ships known as "very large crude carriers" to load their cargo rather than have it ferried to them out at sea. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)  (The Associated Press)

The United Arab Emirates has opened its first jetty outside the Persian Gulf that is capable of loading oil onto some of the world's biggest tanker ships.

The launch of the new $650 million facility in the eastern city of Fujairah on Wednesday will make it easier for hulking tanker ships known as "very large crude carriers" to load their cargo rather than have it ferried to them out at sea.

Docking at Fujairah's Indian Ocean-facing port means the tankers will not have to sail through and back out the narrow Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Gulf.

Fujairah is the terminus of a pipeline opened in 2012 that bypasses the Strait of Hormuz, which nearby Iran has in the past threatened to close.