The recently formed SafeSTS Middle East FZE business has got off to a strong start in the region, undertaking five UAE ship-to-ship transfers for two oil majors in its first six weeks of operation. The first two transfers took place at the company’s Khor Fakkan “C” anchorage, while the next three were at its Fujairah “S” anchorage. The ship-to-ship transfer of nearly 2.4 million barrels of oil was undertaken in total during the five operations.
The Dubai-based company is part of the SafeSTS international lightering group owned by Future Marine Services. Since its inception in May 2010 SafeSTS has carried out over 1900 ship-to-ship operations transferring in excess of 460 million barrels of oil.
Captain Jagdeep Singh Sodhi, its Middle East Regional Director, says he is delighted with the positive start to operations in the region. He adds: “The company was formed to support the growing demand for ship-to-ship transfers covering the full range of petroleum products, and these first five operations involved black fuel oil, crude oil and gas oil. One of SafeSTS’ core strengths is its understanding of vessel dynamics, operability and logistics, so it was particularly pleasing to work with the different mother and daughter vessels which took part in these five operations.”
Captain Sodhi believes that there is an excellent opportunity for further growth in the Middle East and Indian Subcontinent. He points out: “Safety is at the forefront of what we do and we are operating above industry specified safety guidelines to maintain our exemplary safety record. I am greatly looking forward to expanding our regional client base.”