Singapore-based CNC Petroleum, a subsidiary of local fuel and lubricant distributor PS Energy, is preparing for the expected growth of Singapore’s domestic bunkering sector with its latest floating bunkering station, says its Coastal Bunkering Sales Manager.
“With the recovery in ocean trading volume and increase in maritime projects, we think the domestic bunkering segment is an area where there is growth potential,” Ong Chin Han tells Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times.
“There are not many bunker fuel suppliers and facilities catering to the domestic market where customers with small vessels need to take bunker on a prompt and high frequency basis, due to the nature of their businesses.
“This is where our local bunkering kiosk network, including the floating barges, can serve their requirements.”
CNC Petroleum started operations of its latest 150,000 litre capacity floating bunkering station Garene II in April 2021, in addition to the sistership Garene I which it took delivery in June 2020.
The floating bunkering stations which operate 24/7 are targeting harbour craft (i.e. launch craft, lighter boats, yachts and tugs) in addition to customers requiring automotive diesel oil on Singapore’s offshore islands; they are located at the buoy off West Coast Pier and Marina South Pier
“We offer standard, out of hours, next-day and emergency delivery standby services around the clock to provide reliable and agile services to the customers,” informs Ong.
“Apart from being able to cater to all vessels near the coastal region, the floating bunkering stations can also serve the offshore sector including islands such as Pulau Ubin and Semakau at their convenience when required.”
Ong, meanwhile, was quick to note both Garene I and Garene II to be complimenting the modernised marine refuelling jetty at Penjuru; a facility near Penjuru terminal and Jurong port which CNC Petroleum took over operations since March 2017.
The refuelling jetty at Penjuru provides time efficient and convenient refuels to the customers. Besides marine gas oil (MGO; 500ppm), automotive diesel oil (ADO; 10ppm) can be provided via road tankers upon request.
Additionally, CNC Petroleum is currently looking to upgrade its MGO dispensers at Penjuru jetty to enable a faster turn-round time for customers.
This upgrade is in addition to an operational automation system which uses a two-step password verification system to authenticate and authorise the dispensing of MGO at the terminal, which provides better control and work traceability for the customers to manage their fleet.
The digital system, which also prints out a bunker voucher for the customer when bunkering is competed, introduces an element of transparency for customers by omitting the chances of fuel pilferage and document tampering.
“We also have two berths at Penjuru jetty and can concurrently refuel two vessels at one time,” says Ong.
“Further, we are a MPA (Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore) approved seller for fresh water to vessels so customers can refuel their fuel and water at the same time.”
Manifold Times earlier reported CNC Petroleum to be in the midst of embarking on several bunkering related projects as part of internal expansion plans this year.
Contact details of Ong Chin Han are as follows:
Coastal Bunkering Sales Manager
HP: +65 9006 3288
Photo credit: CNC Petroleum
Published: 30 June, 2021
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