Full Service lightering and Ship-to-ship Services | Teekay

Full-Service Lightering & Ship-to-Ship Services


With over 40 years of ship-to-ship support service under our belts, our team of specialized Mooring Masters (POAC) offer industry-leading knowledge and first-hand experience to your lightering operations. These highly trained individuals meet with the stringent MARPOL requirements and the ship-to-ship transfer guide through our rigorous recruitment and training program.

We are also ISO 9001:2015, 14001:2015, 45001:2018 accredited by DNV.


Teekay’s lightering team offers turn-key, comprehensive, and cost-effective lightering and ship-to-ship services in the North America, Central America, and the Caribbean Sea.

We believe in long-term and mutually beneficial relationships with our customers founded on total dependability and technical know-how.  We are prepared and ready for mobilization 24/7 and offer decisive response plans to meet your unique requirements. Our turn-key oil ship-to-ship solutions support you from concept to implementation. Our Mooring Masters (POAC) can be deployed for the full ship-to-ship service or for berthing/unberthing operations for:

  • floating storage and offloading (FSO),
  • floating production storage and offloading (FPSO),
  • tandem moors,
  • and other projects

Learn More About the Lightering Process


At Teekay, our customers rely on us to bring energy to the world – and we are accustomed to rising to that challenge. Our 40 years of experience gives us a solid foundation to bring technical expertise to our lightering operations, but our Teekay Spirit drives us to continue raising the bar.

The high-turnaround volume of lightering operations we conduct uniquely positions us to continuously build on our specialized knowledge. Our Mooring Masters, officers, and crew all benefit from the risk management, navigational ship handling, and cargo operations expertise that comes with having decades of lightering operations under our belts. We use this advantage to the benefit of our customers, Teekay’s entire Tanker fleet, and the global energy value chain.



    Let us manage your lightering with our turn-key package that is both comprehensive and cost-effective for both import and export related requirements at any one of the designated USCG Lightering Areas in the Gulf of Mexico.

    What’s included:

    • Well approved shuttle tanker serving as the service ship (SS) for transferring cargo to or from ship to be lightered (STBL)
    • State-of-the-art equipment including fenders, hoses, and support craft
    • Experienced POAC (Mooring Master) and Mooring Master Assistant where required
    • Due diligence, weather forecasting, break bulk logistics, and mooring analysis
    • Superior customer service and 24/7 mobilization
    • Pre-screening of vessel for suitability and compatibility
    • Pre-operation risk assessment and joint plan of operations for vessel owners
    • Total compliance with international and local regulations

    Teekay stands ready to support any ship-to-ship transfer needs in the US Gulf Coast and Caribbean. With multiple bases located strategically in the region, our team of experts are prepared at a moment’s notice to position wherever our customers have the need. This allows us to ensure readiness for your operation at all times while providing the greatest flexibility and quickest response to market demand. Should a customer already have the vessels in place but have the need for Dirty Petroleum Products (DPP), Clean Petroleum Products (CPP), or Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) transfer services then the ship-to-ship support service is the most economical solution to meet your needs.

    What’s Included:

    • Pre-screening of vessels for suitability and compatibility
    • Specialized and highly trained mooring masters (POAC)
    • State-of the-art equipment including fenders, hoses, and support craft
    • Due diligence, weather forecasting, break bulk logistics and mooring analysis
    • Pre-operation risk assessment and joint plan of operations for vessel owners
    • Total compliance with international and local regulations.
    • Superior customer service and 24/7 mobilization
    • STS Licenses and Permissions (where required)
    • Technical Marine Assurance Support
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Global Locations

All US Gulf Designated Lightering Areas





Our Commitments to You

Reliable Service

We operate on-time and do what we say we will do. We are committed to serving customer needs with the highest standards in operational safety.

Specialized Expertise

We employ highly experienced mooring masters, in-house commercial and technical teams, and highly qualified offshore support personnel to ensure a smooth operation tailored to your needs

Superior Customer Service

We view relationships with customers as a partnership. We demonstrate our commitment to our partners through high-touch, dependable service, and doing it all with integrity.

Ready for 24/7 Mobilization

Our commercial team in Houston and offshore team based in Freeport Texas are prepared to offer decisive response plans to meet your unique lightering needs from concept to implementation.

Strong Track Record

With hundreds of safe lightering operations per year, accounting for 10-15% of total US seaborne crude import and export volumes, our reputation speaks for itself.

Flexible Solutions

We tailor our services to meet all ship-to-ship transfer needs.

Contact Us


Teekay Shipping (USA), Inc.

825 Town and Country Ln. Suite 350
Houston, TX
77024 USA

Tel: 713-735-8490

Email: ops.houston@teekay.com