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Gulf Petrochem starts bunker supply operations in Antwerp

Gulf Petrochem starts bunker supply operations in Antwerp
UAE’s Gulf Petrochem Group announced on Wednesday that it has commenced physical bunker supply operations in Belgium’s Antwerp port, reflecting the company’s expansion into the European market.

The launch of physical supply operations in Antwerp followed Gulf Petrochem’s start of its Rotterdam operations earlier this year. The two operations in Antwerp and Rotterdam now give Gulf Petrochem a strong footprint in Europe’s key bunkering region – the ARA (Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp) market.

Neil Lamerton, global head of bunkering at Gulf Petrochem, said: “Entering the Antwerp market only serves to reaffirm the group’s commitment to grow the business off the back of a very successful start in Rotterdam.

“Further to this, our latest expansion now allows us to supply our customers with consistently high quality products and customer service to match with a fully-fledged, first class ARA service,” he said.

The new Antwerp operations will be able to supply a range of marine fuels such as 380 cst and low-sulphur gas oil, from two dedicated time-chartered bunker tankers with capacity of 3,000 dwt and 1,600 dwt.

“Our operations in Antwerp will be handled from our established office in Rotterdam which also undertakes worldwide back-to-back bunker and cargo trading, as well as housing the group’s West Africa desk supplying the Ports of Tema and Takoradi respectively,” Lamerton said.

Gulf Petrochem said its recent ARA expansion will compliment its growing global footprint in bunker supply which to date includes all ports in the UAE, West Africa, Gulf of Kutch, Indian ports of Kandla, Sikka and Vadinar, as well as the expansion of the Singapore and London offices.