Gazpromneft-Lubricants begins ex-quay bunkering at St Petersburg’s Marine Façade passenger port
Gazpromneft-Lubricants, operator of Gazprom Neft’s lubricants division, has become the first company to offer ex-quay bunkering services for lubricants from the Marine Façade passenger port, St Petersburg, delivering the first such service, direct from the quay, to cruise ship Marco Polo.
This foray into a new service at the St Petersburg passenger port will allow Gazpromneft-Lubricants to significantly increase sales of marine oils, and ship-owning companies to reduce servicing time in port.
Gazpromneft-Lubricants CEO Alexander Trukhan commented: “Ex-quay bunkering of is one of the company’s most important areas of activity, in which we’ve already been active for more than three years. New technological set-ups, developed by us in conjunction with port professionals, allow us to service vessels with the materials they need, as quickly as possible.”
The St Petersburg Marine Façade passenger port is the first — and, so far, the only — specialist passenger port in North—West Russia, and the largest in the Baltic region, visited by more than 250 vessels and more than 500,000 passengers in 2013.
Gazpromneft-Lubricants Ltd (“Gazpromneft-Lubricants”) is a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, specialising in the production and sale of oils, lubricants and car fluids. Established in 2007, Gazpromneft-Lubricants Ltd has five production facilities throughout Russia, Italy and Serbia. Total production volumes stand at more than 490,000 tonnes of premium oils, lubricants and car fluids per year. The company’s product range includes oils for petrol and diesel passenger vehicles and trucks, transmission and hydraulic oils, industrial (machine) oils, servicing products and coolants under the G-Energy and Gazpromneft brands, and marine oils marketed under the Texaco brand. Gazpromneft-Lubricants Ltd currently commands a 14-percent share of the Russian lubricants market, as well as operating in the markets of Belarus, the Central Asian republics, the European Union, Kazakhstan, and the Middle East. An agreement extending the territory for the sale and distribution of marine oils under the Texaco brand was signed between Gazpromneft-Lubricants Ltd and Chevron Marine Lubricants in 2013. Texaco-branded oils, produced by Gazpromneft-Lubricants Ltd under licence from Chevron, have since been introduced to the markets of the Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania), for the first time.