Tumpuan Megah Development Sdn Bhd (TMD), the bunkering subsidiary of Malaysia-listed Straits Inter Logistics Berhad (Straits), has deployed a bunker tanker to support operations at Lumut port after securing an exclusive bunkering agreement with the facility’s operator.
The 550 metric tonne (mt) capacity bunkering vessel Escolar (IMO 9066253) will be dedicated to low sulphur marine gas oil (LS MGO) deliveries at Lumut and start operations effective 15 October, shares the Sales and Marketing Director of TMD.
Essentially, Lumut port offers shipowners and operators an opportunity to ‘jump the queue’ for bunkers-only calls in a safe and efficient manner when compared to lifting bunkers at other regional ports, highlights Richard Ho.
“Other ports such as Penang, Port Klang and also Singapore are more popular choices for bunkering. However, this also means they are also subjected to congestion issues for refuelling during certain periods,” he explains to Manifold Times.
“What we have done for Lumut port is to provide a service previously unavailable at the facility, which is to now permanently position a dedicated bunkering tanker to service vessels visiting the port.
“As such, vessels will now likely receive prompt service when choosing to refuel at Lumut, which also results in savings for their respective DCR (daily charter rate); presenting a triple-win situation for shipowners, operators, and bunker traders alike.”
Bunkering operations can be carried out at three locations at Lumut, namely at berth or anchorage, and via a dedicated marine refuelling area exclusive to the ‘Pit-Stop Bunker Hub @ Lumut’ venture.
“The depth at the marine refuelling area reserved for the ‘Pit-Stop Bunker Hub @ Lumut’ venture is between 30 to 40 metres and we have a total surface area of 2 nautical miles square located [LAT 04° 06.0’ N / LONG 100° 28.0’E] 35 nautical miles from the Malacca Straits dedicated for operations,” explains Ho.
“Additionally, the depth at Lumut’s seawall-protected berth and anchorages are between 10 to 40 metres which means we can accommodate vessels from as small as tugboats to as large as Valemaxes in any weather.”
Lumut Maritime Terminal Sdn Bhd (LMTSB) on Tuesday (1 October) granted TMD the exclusive right to operate, manage and provide bunker services located at or within Lumut Port limit including but not limited to jetties/ wharfs, anchorage area and the designated Pit-stop Bunker area.
‘Pit-Stop Bunker Hub @ Lumut’ is a joint venture between LMTSB and TMD.
Contact details for bunker enquires at Lumut port are as follows:
Tumpuan Megah Development Sdn Bhd
Tumpuan Megah Development Sdn Bhd.
47-01, Jalan Molek 2/1,
81100 Johor Bahru
Johor Darul Takzim,
Lumut Maritime Terminal Sdn Bhd
Lumut Maritime Terminal Sdn Bhd
Lot 1, Lumut Port Industrial Park,
Jalan Kg Acheh,
Perak Darul Ridzuan, Malaysia
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Photo credit: Tumpuan Megah Development
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