The Port of Hambantota at Sri Lanka is expected to start conducting bunkering operations after the delivery of 15,000 metric tonnes (mt) of marine gas oil (MGO) to its tank farm by oil tanker Sunny Bay on 23 January, said operator Hambantota International Port (HIP) on Wednesday (26 January).
HIP, with its global partner Sinopec, launched bunkering operations for VLSFO last year.
Now, with the tank farm along with its oil jetties fully refurbished and FSS certified for safety by the Lloyd’s Register, HIP is ready to utilise the storage facility allocated for MGO and marine diesel oil (MDO), it states.
The port which received its first MGO shipment is now capable of providing a full complement of bunkering fuels to its customers, positioning as a strategic bunker operator in the region.
Benchmarking international standards, HIP has also set up a state-of-the-art Petroleum Testing laboratory in partnership with independent inspection service provider Intertek Lanka, to provide innovative and bespoke assurance, testing, inspection and certification services for bunker fuels, LPG, LNG and other petrochemical products.
“With our Lloyds certified oil storage facility and state of the art testing capabilities, HIP has the overall capacity to add great value to customers,” says CEO of HIPG Johnson Liu.
“With our location in the Indian Ocean rim, where 50% of the world’s maritime oil is traded, our oil fuel bunker, LPG and future LNG operations, we are securing the Hambantota Port’s rightful place as a global maritime location.”
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Photo credit: Hambantota International Port
Published: 27 January, 2022
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