Gazpromneft Marine Bunker: first to begin bunkering at Sochi seaport
Gazpromneft Marine Bunker, the subsidiary of Gazprom Neft that sells bunker fuel, is the first bunkering company in the Black Sea region to obtain a permit to operate at the Sochi seaport. In June the company bunkered the AIDAaura passenger liner, managed by one of the largest cruise companies in the world, Carnival Cruise Lines .
The Gazpromneft West bunker tanker on the Black Sea at Novorossiysk.
"Gazpromneft Marine Bunker occupies one of the leading positions in Russia's Black Sea region. It operates at all of the major ports, including Novorossiysk, Tuapse, the Caucasus, and Taman. During the first five months of 2013, the company has bunkered ship to ship over 130,000 tons of fuel, nearly twice as much as during the first five months of 2012.
"Marine cargo shipment and passenger travel at Sochi port is currently undergoing brisk development. By gaining the possibility of fueling their ships directly at the destination port, ship owners are getting an additional incentive do expand their commercial and tourist activity in the region," said Gazpromneft Marine Bunker CEO Andrei Vasiliev. "For us, entering this new market is one of the strategic goals. Achieving this will help us strengthen our cooperation with the world's largest shipping companies."
Gazpromneft Marine Bunker is a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft created in 2007 for providing year-round marine fuel and lubricant supplies for sea and river vessels. The enterprise is a leader on Russia's bunkering market with an 18.6 percent market share, operating at fifteen seaports and nine river ports. About 85 percent of its consumers are foreign ship owners. In 2012, Gazpromneft Marine Bunker increased its bunker fuelling volumes by 40 percent to 1.8 million tons and thereby established its leading status among Russian companies. Gazpromneft Marine Bunker's total marine fuel sales in 2012 reached 2.9 million tons.
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