Qatar Petroleum announced that fuel-oil bunkering solutions for all vessels calling on Qatari ports has been made available as of Monday this week.
This vessel-borne fueling facility is available for all vessels lifting any Qatari seaborne imports or exports. The bunkering operations have commenced successfully after meeting all international maritime and safety standards.
Qatar Petroleum also announced that the first of several shipments carrying fuel oil (for bunkering purposes) has arrived safely at its Ras Laffan anchorage.
Potential customer requests for bunkering and operation’s will be managed in collaboration with WOQOD’s affiliate, WOQOD Marine, which is responsible for the sale and delivery of fuel oil utilizing ship to ship transfer operations.
Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, the president and CEO of Qatar Petroleum said “this is a first, and important, step towards self-reliance for fuel-oil bunkering solutions for all vessels”.
Mr. Al-Kaabi said “due to the unfortunate ongoing crisis, many of our clients were impacted by regional decisions limiting their ability to meet their commitments in a timely and cost-effective manner. We took it upon ourselves to assist our clients overcome this challenge by introducing measures to ensure the continuous and reliable energy supplies.”
“This temporary ship-to-ship fuel bunkering facility will meet our clients’ safety and commercial expectations, and will continue until a permanent solution is implemented. Qatar Petroleum is fast-tracking required studies and investments to provide independent, safe, and reliable bunkering capabilities, Mr. Al-Kaabi concluded.
Qatar Petroleum will be catering for the majority of Qatar’s LNG vessel fleet and provide the service to other clients including Muntajat, Hamad Port, and potential Free-On-Board (FOB) clients of Qatar who load products such as Crude Oil, LPG, Condensate and Naphtha.
Source: Qatar Petroleum