The Spanish port has begun supplying very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) in a move it says marks a new phase in its strategy to increase bunkering operations at its facilities.
According to the port, 34,500 metric tonnes (mt) of the new product was unloaded for the first time on 1 November. Vilma Oil was responsible for unloading the fuel from the Swedish vessel Ridgebury Colette B in an operation which took 35 hours to complete.
Vilma Oil also undertook the first physical delivery of VLSFO on 7 November, when the Turkish vessel Kurtulus received 90 mt of bunkers. The marine fuel company began physical bunker supply operations at the Port of Ceuta in 2006 and now supplies over 2,000 vessels annually.
The port credited the firm, which has bases in Madrid and Singapore, with facilitating the supply of VLSFO to ships two months prior to the entry into force of IMO 2020.
According to the port, the expansion of its offering to include VLSFO constitutes another step in its strategy to increase its position as a bunker location servicing ships in the Strait of Gibraltar.Source of Information: Bunkerspot.