Georgian bunker supplier BatPetrol has commemorated a successful bunker delivery to NATO vessels between May 14 to May 17.
The Standing NATO Maritime Group Two (SNMG2) under the direction of Royal Navy Commodore Mike Utley, conducted a port visit at Poti, Georgia with four ships from the group: Royal Navy destroyer HMS Duncan (flagship), Turkish frigate TCG Gemlik, Romanian frigate ROS Regele Ferdinand and Bulgarian frigate BGS Drazki.
According to Giorgi Khvichia, Director of BatPetrol, bunker deliveries at Georgian ports are usually conducted using tank trucks.
“In general, physical bunker supply in Georgian ports, available by tank trucks alongside berth. Due to continuous decrease in transit volumes through Georgia during recent years, number of port calls decreased,” he says.
“Operating bunkering tanker is a capital intensive and expensive, therefore investment is not justified under current market conditions.”
However, the Managing Partner of BatPetrol suggests the company has found ways to increase efficiency even while using tank trucks for fuel deliveries.
“In spite the fact, that delivery of marine fuels available by tank trucks in Georgia, our company has found innovative ways to increase efficiency,” says Anri Gogitidze.
“Special flange for connection to manifold of receiving vessel was made, that enables discharging several trucks simultaneously and supply rates increase up to 100 cubic meter per hour.
“Our company is open for partnership with international companies, and it is great honour to be supplier of NATO.”
Photo credit: BatPetrol
Published: 21 May, 2018
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