Gazprom Neft acquires high-capacity bunkering vessel for operations in the Black Sea
Gazprom Neft bunkering operator Gazpromneft Marine Bunker has recently commissioned a new high-capacity bunkering vessel, covering the Russian Black Sea ports of Kavkaz and Taman, as well as Novorossiysk, Tuapse and Sochi.
The new bunkering vessel is the ninth to join the company’s own fleet, which Gazpromneft Marine Bunker plans to increase to 24 vessels by 2025.
The tanker has been named “Gazpromneft Omsk” and has, already, been put into operation at the port of Novorossiysk. At 100 metres in length, the vessel has a deadweight (the total capacity it can carry) of 5,372 tonnes, and was built at the Engin Shipyard, Turkey. It is intended, primarily, to be used for the refuelling of ocean container vessels and oil tankers. The Gazpromneft Omsk is able to complete up to six refuelling operations of average capacity without reloading: considerably improving efficiency in the delivery of fuel to partner-company vessels.
The tanker is equipped with state-of-the-art safety and automated control systems, and an unlimited navigation range.
Gazpromneft Marine Bunker CEO Andrei Vasiliev commented: “The Black Sea region is one of the fastest-developing in Russia today. Growth in shipping and freight operations is racing ahead, and has, over the past two years, led to the bunkering market increasing two-fold. Commissioning a new high-capacity bunkering vessel allows us to further increase our position in the market long-term, providing our partner-companies’ vessels with excellent service and fuel of the highest quality.”
Established in 2007, Gazpromneft Marine Bunker LLC is a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, providing year-round sales of marine fuels and oils for sea and river transport.
The company’s “on-board” sales of marine fuels reached 3.1 million tonnes in 2014.
Gazpromneft Marine Bunker currently operates nine regional representative offices and six subsidiaries, and is today the most extensive bunkering organisation in the Russian Federation, operating at 19 sea and 14 river ports throughout Russia, as well as Estonia, Latvia and Romania.
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