UAE-headquartered GP Global recently made its first delivery of low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO) via its 6,000-tonnes capacity bunker barge, GPB1, at the UAE port of Fujairah. This initiative will benefit not just clients of the Port of Fujairah but also neighbouring ports, enabling shipping companies serving the UAE to meet the IMO sulphur cap directive that comes into effect in January 2020.
Anil Keswani, Head of Bunkering, East of Suez at GP Global Group, said: “We are thankful to the authorities of the Port of Fujairah and our partners for their continued trust in us, which has enabled us to undertake the first bunkering of LSFO, just in time as the IMO 2020 takes effect next year. We are committed to supporting our partners and clients in meeting specifications, which will contribute a long way to securing a cleaner marine environment.”
GP Global’s barge GPB1 is capable of delivering a comprehensive range of residual and distillate marine fuels, including Low-Sulphur Marine Gasoil (LSMGO), LSFO, 180 CST and 380 CST at the UAE ports. The company has three more barges at Fujairah of which the largest, GBP2, will be dedicated exclusively for LSFO to meet the growing requirements in the region, expected from mid-October.
In another notable bunker-related development, the port of Sohar has announced that it is now offering a bunker supply service for customers of the Omani port. This is being achieved through a partnership agreement with Singapore-based Triscorp.