Qatar Petroleum (QP) announced that fuel-oil bunkering solutions for all vessels calling on Qatari ports has been made available as of Monday.

This vessel-borne fuelling facility is available for all vessels lifting any Qatari seaborne imports or exports.

The bunkering operations have commenced successfully after meeting all international maritime and safety standards, and the first of several shipments carrying fuel oil (for bunkering purposes) arrived safely at its Ras Laffan anchorage, QP said in a statement.

Potential customer requests for bunkering and operations will be managed in collaboration with WOQOD (Qatar Fuel) affiliate, WOQOD Marine, which is responsible for the sale and delivery of fuel oil utilising ship to ship transfer operations, QP said.

Commenting on the announcement, QP President and Chief Executive Officer, Saad Sherida Al Kaabi, said, this was a first, and important step towards self-reliance for fuel-oil bunkering solutions for all vessels.

Al Kaabi said, due to the unfortunate ongoing crisis, many clients were impacted by regional decisions limiting their ability to meet their commitments in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Neighbouring gulf states namely Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain cut ties with Qatar on Jun 5, and at the same time imposed a land, sea and air blockade on the country, after accusing Qatar of sponsoring terrorist organisations. Qatar denied the allegations.

QP took it upon itself to assist the clients overcome this challenge by introducing measures to ensure the 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. Qatar Petroleum is fast-tracking required studies and investments to provide independent, safe, and reliable bunkering capabilities,” Al Kaabi concluded.

QP will be catering for the majority of Qatar’s LNG vessel fleet and provide the service to other clients, including Muntajat, Hamad Port, and potential Free-On-Board (FOB) clients of Qatar, who load products such as Crude Oil, LPG, Condensate and Naphtha

Source: NAM News Network