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QP launches vessel-borne fuel bunkering at Qatar ports

20 Juin 2017

Qatar Petroleum has started a domestic bunkering operation for all vessels calling on Qatari ports as the country looks to become self-reliant.

The new bunkering operations have begun after garnering approval from all global maritime and safety standards.

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

Al Kaabi said that 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.

"We took it upon ourselves to assist our clients overcome this challenge by introducing measures to ensure continuous and reliable energy supplies".

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The first of several shipments of fuel oil intended for use during the bunkering processes has already arrived at the state-owned firm's Ras Laffan anchorage.

Vessels that call Qatari ports have been barred from calling at ports in UAE, Saudi and Bahrain, although the UAE appears to have relaxed sanctions against global vessels calling at Qatari ports bunkering in Fujairah.

"This is a first, and important, step towards self-reliance for fuel-oil bunkering solutions for all vessels", said Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, president and CEO of Qatar Petroleum. Bunkering operations are managed in cooperation with Qatar Fuel's (WOQOD) unit WOQOD Marine.

QP will be catering for the majority of Qatar's liquefied natural gas (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, liquefied petroleum gas, condensate and naphtha.