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Dedicated Chemoil low sulfur fuel oil barge in ARA region

Singapore: Chemoil, the Singapore headquartered marine fuel product supplier has introduced a new delivery barge to its fleet, the Laurentien, that is dedicated to the supply of low sulfur fuel oil in the port of Rotterdam. The newbuild is expected improve the efficiency and safety of its services as demand for LSFO continues in the Antwerp-Rotterdam-Amsterdam (ARA) region.

The new bunker barge has a range of advanced capabilities that are suited to LSFO deliveries including fast pumping capabilities of 500/600metric tons per hour to ensure quick customer turnaround times. It is also double-hulled and double-bottomed to meet MARPOL Annex I safety standards.

The vessel is currently operational and has been time chartered from FTS Hofftrans, one of the ARA region's leading carriers of marine fuel products. Chemoil's 49% share ownership in Hofftrans' parent company, Burando Holding B.V, demonstrates the business' ongoing commitment to investing in modern barge fleets to meet market and regulatory demands in a flexible and economical way.

Chris Stoddard, Chemoil Europe md said, "Chemoil has been at the forefront of supplying LSFO in Rotterdam for a number of years. We were the first suppliers to dedicate barges to the exclusive delivery of LSFO in order to maintain the highest quality and service standards. Going forward, it is essential that we continue to strengthen this delivery aspect of our supply chain and support this with the utilisation of appropriate vessels.

"As customers face increasing cost pressures during these challenging economic times, it is essential that every aspect of our operation is focused towards providing them with the quickest, safest and most flexible service so that they can minimise time spent refueling and focus on their core business, safe in the knowledge that their bunkering needs are taken care of."  [22/01/09]

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