it is probably waiting. they run on a tight schedule and if they are early arriving or ahead of schedule when departing, they wait.
is it an oil tanker? often they are not waiting to get into the valero refinery (yes it is closed) or even aruba but are just waiting to move on to get on to their route. lots are from venezuela. the ships that are container ships, the ones bringing supplies to aruba rarely have to wait.
Originally Posted by Trip-planner
We got here Friday and are staying on Malmok beach. Does anyone know why the huge ship has been sitting off shore?
If the ship you see is not waiting to get into the harbor in Oranjestad or Barcadera it may very well be on its way to Venezuela.
You have probably heard people say that Venezeula is only 17 miles from Aruba. On a clear day in Aruba you can see the Paraguanį Peninsula from Aruba. On the peninsula, is the city of Punto Fijo. There are at least 2 large oil refineries in Punto Fijo. One, the Amuay Paraguanį refinery is the second largest in the world. If the ship is a tanker it is most likely waiting to go into the refinery which is about 65 miles away.
Tankers and ships have also been known to anchor off Aruba while they bring in commercial divers to do underwater hull repair and maintenance.