The first consignment of Sahara petroleum oil arrived at Martigues-Lavera, a southern French port near to Marseilles, this morning.
G.Airview. Marseille harbour, two tankers alongside jetty.
G.V. Plane passes two tankers.
G.V. Tanker "The President Meny" with "no smoking" sign in foreground.
S.C.U. Name "President Meny" on side of ship.
L.V. Pipe line being hauled aboard.
G.V. Pipeline being connected.
C.U. Man tightening bolts.
S.V. Men opening main valve.
S.V. Pipelines connected.
L.V. Men opening valves.
C.V. Showing pipelines.
C.V. The two tankers pipelines in foreground.
C.Airview. Showing oil storage tanks.
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Background: The first consignment of Sahara petroleum oil arrived at Martigues-Lavera, a southern French port near to Marseilles, this morning. A total of 14,962 tons were discharged from the tanker ship, 'President-Meny', at a rate of 500 tons per hour.
The oil was loaded at Philippeville, in North East Algeria, from the trans-Algerian pipe-lines and trains starting from the oil-wells in the Sahara, at Hassah Messaoud.
Thirty-eight hours after leaving Philippeville the oil was in the process of being refined. Its quality is reported to be excellent.
A second load will be received from Philippeville on the ship, 'Savane', arriving at Martigues-Lavera on the 26th.March, and will amount to 1,500 tons. This consignment is destined for the refineries of Shell-Berre.
As this oil is either pumped or carried across war-striken Algeria many observers wonder whether there will be any interference with the flow by the Algerian Liberation Army, as happened in the Middle East to British owned pipe-lines at the time of the fuel conflict.