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Guangzhou govt issues bonded bunkering licence to PetroChina subsidiary

PetroChina Fuel Oil Company Limited became the third and latest company to be granted the licence by Guangzhou in an effort to expand regional bunkering operations.

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Editor's Note: 'PetroChina Fuel Oil Co., Ltd' has been changed to 'Guangzhou PetroChina Fuel Oil Co., Ltd.' while 'Guangzhou Municipal Government' has been changed to 'Guangzhou Municipal Bureau of Commerce' to better reflect the accuracy of the names. 

The following article published by Manifold Times on 7 July was sourced from China’s domestic market through a local correspondent. An online translation service was used in the production of the current editorial piece:

Guangzhou PetroChina Fuel Oil Co., Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PetroChina Company Limited, on Tuesday (5 July) obtained a bonded bunkering business licence from the Guangzhou Municipal Bureau of Commerce. 

The leading supplier for bonded bunker fuel in the Nansha area became the third and latest company to be granted such a licence by the local authority after two other local players, namely Guangzhou Development Bibi Youpin Co., Ltd. and Guangzhou Circle Storage Co., Ltd., obtained the licence in February.

Guangzhou PetroChina Fuel Oil is capable of mobilising its refineries in South China to export about three million metric tonnes (mt) of low-sulphur marine fuel per year for ships on international routes, according to the local authority. 

"Compared with important oil supply ports in Singapore and other places, Guangzhou Port, as an international hub port, is currently experiencing a gap between the scale of bonded oil supply and port development so there is a huge market prospect,”  said a representative of Guangzhou PetroChina Fuel Oil.

“Nansha has complete petrochemical storage facilities and obvious location advantages. Nansha has become the centre of the world's attention, and we have full confidence in the development of the bonded bunkering business in Nansha.”

Guangzhou Development Bibi Youpin Co., Ltd. and Guangzhou Circle Storage Co., Ltd. have completed bonded fuel delivery operations on 10 March and 12 April respectively. 

To date, the total bonded fuel delivery is about 1,120 metric tonne (mt) with a total value of about RMB 6.3 million. 

The recent development builds on the “Interim Measures for the Administration of Bonded Bunkering of International Voyage Vessels in Guangzhou” which was approved by local authorities in February this year.

The interim measures, introduced to enhance international trade at Guangzhou, allows local oil companies to obtain bonded bunkering business licences directly from the local government; instead of from the Chinese State Council.

Oil storage and distribution operations at Guangdong province are currently supported by the Nansha Xiaohu Island Petrochemical Zone. The area has 310 storage tanks with a total storage capacity of more than 3,174,300 cubic meters and 46 berths.

The Nansha area of ​​Guangzhou Port is located in the centre of the Greater Bay Area. It can reach Zhongshan, Zhuhai, Jiangmen, Foshan and Dongguan within an hour, and can cover more than 80% of the province’s ship refuelling market within five hours.

According to data by the local authority, Guangzhou Port has a net increase of 13 foreign trade container liner routes from January to June. 

As of June 2022, Guangzhou Port Group has a total of 199 container liner routes, including 154 foreign trade routes (16 in Europe, 13 in the Americas, 17 in the Middle East, India and Pakistan, 82 in Asia, 22 in Africa, and 4 in Australia and New Zealand) and 45 domestic trade routes. 

Nansha port area has opened 180 liner routes, including 148 foreign trade routes and 32 domestic trade routes.

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Related: Chinese government issues bonded bunkering permission at Guangzhou port

 

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Published: 7 July, 2022

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Poland: ORLEN to strengthen position in bunker fuels sector with new oil terminal

With the terminal’s commissioning, the company plans to introduce a bunkering vessel to service the Tri-City ports with conventional marine fuels and biofuels.

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Polish multinational oil refiner ORLEN Group on Wednesday (12 June) said it is solidifying its presence in the marine fuels market with the construction of a new oil terminal that is scheduled for completion by the second half of 2025.

Construction of the Martwa Wisła terminal, located on the Martwa Wisła river, has already exceeded 70%.

The Martwa Wisła terminal will enhance the logistics capabilities of the Gdańsk refinery, allowing for the transshipment of approximately 2 million tonnes of fuel products annually.

The first four loading arms have already arrived at the construction site and the remaining four loading arms are slated for delivery by the end of June. The devices, with a throughput capacity of up to 500m³/h, will be used at transshipment points to load tankers.

With the terminal's commissioning, the company plans to introduce a bunkering vessel to service the Tri-City ports (Gdańsk, Gdynia, Sopot) with conventional fuels and biofuels.

For over 20 years, the Group has been supplying quality marine fuels to all Polish seaports. Its refinery product portfolio encompasses a wide range of fuels that guarantee quality and strict compliance with regulations, including MGO (DMA 0.1%S), ULSFO (RMD80 0.1% S) and LNG, which will in the near future be complemented with ‘green’ alternatives.

All marine fuels offered by ORLEN comply with the international ISO 8217:2017 standard and meet the requirements of the MARPOL Convention.

 

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Published: 14 June 2024

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Australia: Crew of bunker tanker “Champion 63” to strike following employer’s refusal to negotiate

‘BP has decided they can’t pay industry standards in Brisbane and want to keep their workers’ wages low,’ states MUA spokesman.

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The crew of Champion 63, a 2022-built Australia-registered bunker tanker with home port of Brisbane, is set to go on strike after bargaining for a new enterprise agreement has stalled, stated the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) on Wednesday (12 June).

Members of the Australian Maritime Officers Union, the Australian Institute of Marine and Power Engineers, and MUA voted up protected industrial action on 11 June 2024.

The crews have been trying to formalise their employment conditions with ASP Ship Management since the bunkering operations commenced in February 2023. It took ASP approximately six months to issue the Notice of Employee Representational Rights (NERR) and start bargaining.

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“The crew of the new bunker barge on the Brisbane River and the maritime unions bent over backwards to make this vessel work,” said MUA Assistant Branch Secretary Paul Gallagher.

“Including low wages, excessive hours and a roster that does not allow crew to take leave. 18 months down the track when it comes time for BP to reward their crew and pay industry standards what do they do? They deny them fair wages, a workable roster and threaten their back pay!”

The AMOU filed a bargaining dispute after ASP refused to take their claim for a roster that does not demand that crews work every weekend seriously.

“Having to work every weekend because ASP does not have suitable relief arrangements is unacceptable,” said AMOU Industrial Officer Tracey Ellis.

“Crews have a right to be rostered time off to spend with their family. Waiting for ASP to fix the issue did not work, filing a Bargaining Dispute in the Fair Work Commission did not work, so the crews will take protected industrial action until their concerns are taken seriously.”

The crews onboard the Champion 63 voted up an unlimited number of stoppages of work of between one hour and 48 hours.

Gallagher added that, “the Maritime unions will not tolerate the big multinational fuel barons of this world undermining the Australian maritime wages and conditions of seven local mariners who are trying their best to support our own local shipping and Cruise Ship industry. If your cruise holiday gets delayed it is because, after recording over $40 billion profit in last two years, BP has decided they can’t pay industry standards in Brisbane and want to keep their workers’ wages low.”

 

Photo credit: Maritime Union of Australia
Published: 13 June 2024

 

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Infineum releases Sustainability Report 2023 outlining its sustainability progress

Infineum celebrates 25 years of operations and looks forward to the next 25 years of progress towards its net zero ambition by 2050, says CEO.

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Press release Infineum remains focused on our purpose to become a sustainable world class specialty chemicals company

Infineum, a specialty chemicals company headquartered in the UK, on Thursday (13 June) released its fourth annual Sustainability Report, reinforcing its purpose to create a sustainable future through innovative chemistry.

Aligned with the company’s strategic plan to achieve its vision and purpose, Infineum announces:

Publication of its Sustainability Report 2023 (Sustainability.Infineum.com), which outlines the efforts and progress that the company has achieved through the year, including:

  • Championing of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) throughout the organisation
  • Achievement of 28% of colleagues volunteering, surpassing its 2025 target of 25%
  • Increased share of relevant supplier spends covered by sustainability assessments to 62%

Launch of revamped corporate website (www.Infineum.com) to better represent Infineum as a specialty chemicals company, showcasing Infineum’s existing capabilities, as well as diversification in the new markets

The joint venture, formed in 1999 between Shell and Exxon Mobil, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year and recently shared its restructure strategy to two business units, Sustainable Transportation and Energy Applications.

“As Infineum celebrates 25 years of operations and we look forward to the next 25 years of progress towards our net zero ambition by 2050, I am pleased to share our fourth annual sustainability report,” says Infineum CEO Aldo Govi.

“This is a journey and we have made excellent progress, but improvement will not always be linear, especially when set against the backdrop of a challenging external environment, but our purpose of creating a sustainable future through innovative chemistry, continues to drive us forward.

“We remain focused on our vision to become a sustainable world-class specialty chemicals company. Sustainability was at the core of reshaping Infineum to better enable us to contribute to sustainable mobility and the transition to a low-carbon economy.”

 

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Published: 13 June 2024

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