Gazprom Neft Marine Bunker, operator of Gazprom Neft's bunkering business, has purchased a new bunkering tanker, which will operate at the St Petersburg Grand Port. The ship has been christened Gazpromneft North-West. On March 2, in St Petersburg, the new tanker was visited by Gazprom Neft's CEO Alexander Dyukov and Deputy Transport Minister Viktor Olersky.
The ship was built in 2011 in Tuzla, Turkey. She has an unlimited area of operation and fully meets all international shipping conventions. Gazpromneft North-West has a load capacity of up to 2.5 K tons. The tanker was launched on February 1, 2012. She will be run by Gazpromneft Shipping, which operates the Gazpromneft Marine Bunker’s fleet.
“Gazprom Neft sets itself ambitious goals in all areas, and the bunkering business is no exception. The company's plans include a 20% annual increase in bunker fuel sales, as well as further geographic expansion and consolidation of its positions in existing markets, both at home and abroad. I am confident that the acquisition of this new bunkering tanker will enable the company to gain a stronger foothold on the bunkering market of the North-West region of Russia, where in 2011 the company took a 30% share in the sales of bunker fuel”, stated Alexander Dyukov, Chairman of Gazprom Neft Management Board.
Gazpromneft Marine Bunker is a subsidiary of Gazprom Neft, and was established in 2007 to organise year-round supply of petroleum products (fuel oil, marine fuel and lubricants) for sea and river transport. The company holds a leading position in the Russian bunker fuel market. Approximately 85% of those serviced by the company are foreign shipowners.
Currently, Gazpromneft Marine Bunker consists of 5 regional offices and two subsidiaries. Gazpromneft Shipping operates the company's fleet, which consists of owned and leased bunkering vessels. Gazpromneft Terminal SPb operates the bunkering tank farm located on the territory of the Kirovsky plant in St Petersburg.
Gazpromneft Marine Bunker holds a strong position in all major sea and river ports in the Russian Federation. The company currently has the widest domestic presence of all Russian bunkering companies, being present in 15 seaports and 9 river ports. In 2011 the company also began working in overseas ports: Tallinn, Riga, Klaipeda, Rostock, Constanta and Istanbul.
In 2011 Gazpromneft Marine Bunker increased the volume of retail sales of bunker fuel (“on board” bunkering) by 44% compared to the previous year. Overall, the total annual sales of marine fuel increased by 1.5 times, totalling 2.2 million tons.