The Port of Shanghai and Zhoushan Port on Sunday (4 October) performed the first cross-port bunkering operation on an international vessel for MSC’s 5,599 TEU container ship Santa Vanessa.
Santa Vanessa received 1,000 metric tonnes of low sulphur bunker fuel from bunker tanker Ziyun 1 at the Shanghai Shengdong International Container Terminal; the fuel was supplied by Zhejiang Haigang International Trade Co.
“The entire bunkering process only took five hours, which is very efficient and convenient within the international fuel supply business,” said Dong Ping, Deputy General Manager of Zhejiang Haigang International Trade Co.
“Moving forward, the two ports will promote the normalisation of cross-port bunkering operations following the evaluation of this trial,” added Ding Tao, deputy director of the Zhoushan Port, Shipping and Port Administration Bureau.
“Currently, port authorities can only grant licenses to local businesses, however with this cross-port initiative, businesses will be able to apply for remote access under controlled conditions in order to boost the maritime services sector.”
Photo credit: Shanghai Port Authority
Published: 7 October, 2020
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