An agreement has been made by crude oil tanker firm Euronav to base one of its two ultra-large crude carriers (ULCC) at Kuala Linggi International Port (KLIP) as a floating storage unit to support IMO 2020 compliant marine refuelling operations, says KLIP operator T.A.G. Marine Sdn Bhd.
The development will help position Malaysia as a bunkering hub, notes its Minister of Transport Anthony Loke Siew Fook on Tuesday (12 November).
“This marks another milestone towards making and positioning Malaysia as a bunkering hub for ships and as a place of refuge for international shipping passing through the Straits of Malacca,” he told delegates during a speech at the signing ceremony.
About 85,000 ships transit through the Straits of Malacca annually carrying international trade towards other destinations.
According to Loke, a special committee involving the Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs has been set up to address and discuss the opportunities for Malaysia in regards to its bunkering industry while optimising its strategy for the endeavour.
He noted Malaysia as among the few countries in the world to have a shoreline in every state, hence the Ministry of transport should, “fully support marine related industries such as bunkering and ship to ship.”
Moving forward, Loke points out of an “ambitious plan” to transform KLIP into a permanent oil and gas port.
“This has of course gone through a very advanced stage and I can testify here and I can report to you that this has gone to the national physical planning committee and it has been given conditional approval by the national physical planning committee,” he states.
“Of course a lot of other work needs to be done to comply with the regulation and conditions that have been set forth but I am very sure and confident that all those conditions can be met if we put out wills together.
“Once that project takes off it will be a very exciting development and I hope that will go well not only for the state of Malacca I am sure it will be a game changer for the economy of Malacca.”
Photo credit: Anthony Loke Siew Fook
Published: 13 November, 2019
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