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Ever Wonder How Fuel Got To the Gas Stations on Ambergris Caye?

No…neither had I.  But as I was enjoying my first Conch of the season at Lily’s Treasure Chest on the beach in San Pedro…


…and the gorgeous view…


I saw a fuel barge coming in to the gas station on the ocean side.  And thought it pretty interesting…in fact, fascinating to me.  I had never considered how we got gas here in San Pedro.

Here are the pictures I took…

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Excited I asked the guys on the Amigos Del Mar Diving dock if they too were excited.  Uhhhh…no.  Apparently this happens once or twice a week.

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I ran around to the gas station dock…

Good grief a gorgeous day.


The Jerry B. was pulling in…

IMG_5550The manager had hopped off and was watching the docking.  He told me that this is just a temporary barge.  The usual one is on dry dock for 3 weeks of maintenance – it is an internal fuel barge and held to all international standards.

IMG_5551AND…not only does this barge supply the gas for the station here in the front of the island (the ocean side) but also on the lagoon side.   A pipe runs beneath the island.

Interesting to you in the least?  Yes?  No?  Maybe?  If not, at least it was one gorgeous day.



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8 thoughts on “Ever Wonder How Fuel Got To the Gas Stations on Ambergris Caye?

  1. Susan

    Interesting…so all the Island gas is brought in here? Actually a bit scary that a pipe full of gas runs UNDER the Island! Ahhh….who is making sure it doesn’t corrode and leak? How many inspections are done? How often? Who does them? Ok…so here are a lot of questions for your NEXT story!

  2. Cheryl

    HaD the same scary thoughts as Susan. More investigation needed! Does the pipe split to go to the two separate stations on the west side?

  3. TarheelBornGal

    I’m a lot more interested in that lovely conch ceviche than how gas gets to the island. 😉 Also, I clicked on the link for “My Bucket List”, which I’d never noticed on top of the page, and it came up with a 404, page not found. 🙁

      1. TarheelBornGal

        Maybe just put a “page under construction” page there so it doesn’t look like a site error? I can imagine it being long, even though you’ve been so many places; there’s always more to see and do!

    1. Belize Blog

      Definitely not plastic, metal. And it is usually delivered in a fuel barge with internal containment. The owner assured me it meet International Standards yearly and his guys are trained in those standards in Coral Gables, FL (if i recall correctly).

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