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Petrochina officiates first bunkering operation at Zhoushan Shulan-Hubei anchorage

18 Jan 2021

The Zhoushan Bonded Marine Fuel Association on Thursday (14 January) said the Zhoushan Shulan-Hubei anchorage marked its first bunkering operation on Wednesday, 13 January when Zhejiang Free Trade Zone PetroChina Fuel Oil Co (Zhejiang PetroChina) supplied Liberian flagged bulk carrier Mount Uluru with 500 metric tonnes of bunker fuel.

The occasion marks the official commencement of bunkering operations available at Zhoushan Shulan-Hubei Anchorage, as well as an additional anchorage available at the Port of Zhoushan.

The anchorage is located at the T-shaped intersection of the Yangtze River Economic Belt and the coastal economic belt, which is also the junction of China’s north-south air routes. 

It is the closest natural deep water location to the Yangtze River Estuary and Shanghai Yangshan Port Good port which brings it many advantages as a bunkering location

As a refueling anchorage, the Zhoushan Shulan-Hubei Anchorage has the following features:

  • First, bunker tankers are able to service various types of vessels due to its depth;
  • Second, it is an anchorage for foreign vessels which is exempt from tonnage tax and pilotage fees
  • Thirdly, it is located conveniently adjacent to Shanghai Yangshan Port and the Yangtze River Estuary, which will attract more ships to refuel.

In order to prepare for the commencement of the anchorage, PetroChina said it made numerous preparations including increasing its orders for large tonnage bunkers and promoting the advantages of the Shulan-Hubei Anchorage to relevant shipowners.

Zhejiang PetroChina is a subsidiary of Petrochina’s main bunkering business and aims to “fulfil the social responsibilities of state-owned enterprises, serve the local economy, and enhance the harmony between local enterprises” by entering the Zhejiang Free Trade Zone. 

In 2020, the company sold about 210,000 mt of bunker fuel. In future, the company plans to work with the local government to seek common development and jointly promote the integrated development of the Yangtze River Delta region.


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Photo credit: Zhoushan Bonded Marine Fuel Association
Published: 18 January, 2021


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