This vessel-borne fueling facility is available for all vessels lifting any Qatari seaborne imports or exports. The bunkering operations have commenced successfully after meeting international maritime and safety standards.
QP has also announced the first of several shipments carrying fuel oil for bunkering purposes has arrived safely at its Ras Laffan anchorage. Potential customer requests for bunkering and operations will be managed in collaboration with WOQOD affiliate, WOQOD Marine, responsible for the sale and delivery of fuel oil utilizing ship-to-ship transfer operations.
QP president and CEO Saad Sherida Al Kaabi said: “This is a first and important step towards self-reliance for fuel-oil bunkering solutions for all vessels. Due to the unfortunate ongoing crisis, many of our clients were impacted by regional decisions limiting their ability to meet their commitments in a timely and cost-effective manner.”
He added: “We took it upon ourselves to assist our clients overcome this challenge by introducing measures to ensure continuous and reliable energy supplies. This temporary ship-to-ship fuel bunkering facility will meet our clients’ safety and commercial expectations, and will continue until a permanent solution is implemented.”
QP is fast-tracking required studies and investments to provide independent, safe and reliable bunkering capabilities, Al Kaabi said.