Malaysia multi-purpose gateway ports Northport Bhd and Port Klang Authority (PKA) on Monday (20 January) announced the arrival of the first shipment of Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (LSFO) at its Southpoint Terminal.
Malaysia flagged 6,190 dwt bunker vessel Straits Energy delivered and discharged the LSFO shipment into dedicated storage tanks in Southpoint Terminal.
“As one of the major ports in Malaysia, Northport has been playing our role through various environmentally-friendly programs and this LSFO bunkering service operations at Northport is one of the initiatives adopted by us,” said Northport CEO Datuk Azman Shah Mohd Yusof.
Datuk Azman Shah hopes that this value-added service will further enhance the number of vessels calling Northport and Port Klang.
“It is only fitting that Southpoint, being the oldest terminal in Port Klang, became the first facility to offer LSFO, chalking yet another milestone in its 119-year history,” he added.
Licensed bunker operator Ombak Suria Sdn Bhd will be in charge of LSFO bunkering operation for vessels at Port Klang’s Southpoint Terminal.
In the coming weeks, due diligence will be performed by Ombak Suria and the relevant authority to ensure the safety, product quality and best practices in bunkering operations prior to launching of the service.
“Port Klang which is currently ranked 12th in the world shipping ports is preparing ourselves to become Malaysia’s bunkering hub,” said PKA General Manager Captain K. Subramaniam.
Our strategic location at the busiest shipping lane in the world gives us a competitive advantage to fulfill the Ministry of Transport’s aspiration.”
Photo credit: MMC Northpoint
Published: 21 January, 2020
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