SOHAR Port and Freezone and Oman Oil Marketing Company (OOMCO) on Wednesday (6 July) signed a licence agreement to provide marine fuels to visiting vessels from a bunker barge.
The 10,000 metric tonne MT ALPHA barge will be capable of refuelling ships with all low sulphur fuel-compliant marine fuels to speed up turnaround times and maintain global supply chain efficiency, according to SOHAR Port and Freezone.
Bunker fuels available will include Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (VLSFO) 0.5% and Low Sulphur Marine Gas Oil (MGO) 0.1% and High Sulphur Fuel Oil (HSFO) 3.5% at a pumping rate up to 1,000 m3 per hour.
Oman Oil Company is a marketer and distributor of multi-sector fuels and this partnership will allow SOHAR Port and Freezone to serve a bunker fuel market expected to grow at more than 12% in the Middle-East and Africa during the period of 2022-2025, it notes.
Manifold Times in January reported OOMCO launching bunkering operations at the Port of Sohar where its barge MT Alpha supplied the vessel Sohar LNG at the Sohar Anchorage.
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Photo credit: SOHAR Port and Freezone
Published: 7 July, 2022
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