Bunker supplier geared up for low-sulphur demands
Marine fuel supplier Chemoil says that it is well prepared to meet demand for lower sulphur oxide bunker fuel to vessels in the ports of Antwerp and Rotterdam in anticipation of the North Sea and Baltic Sea ECA regulations.
From July 1, 2010 in accordance with MARPOL Annex VI, ships operating in European ECAs will be required to use fuel with a sulphur content not exceeding 1.0% instead of the existing requirement of 1.5%. Chemoil says that it is one the largest suppliers of low sulphur bunker fuel in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) bunkering hub.
Adrian Tolson, Chemoil’s vice president of sales and marketing, said: “Antwerp and Rotterdam are the key bunker ports in North West Europe and, like other ports in European ECAs, will be monitored in the first few months of the latest SOx limit reduction to ensure adequate supply and pricing of 1.0% sulphur bunker fuel.
“As one of the largest suppliers of low sulfur bunker fuel in ARA, Chemoil is ready to supply both Antwerp and Rotterdam. We have been actively working with our customers using the ports to address any concerns they may have about fuel availability and pricing the new regulation might bring.”
Tolson said Chemoil is well prepared to meet customers’ demand for 1.0% sulphur RMG380 from the July 1, 2010 deadline. He added: “Chemoil will ensure that 1.0% sulphur bunker fuel is consistently available to our customers in Antwerp and Rotterdam, and we will continue to monitor the supply situation in terms of volume demand. In preparedness for July 1, we have taken the necessary steps in adjusting our integrated supply chain to ensure that our customers have the reliable availability of bunker fuel of the quality and value that they have come to expect from Chemoil.”
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