Stolthaven Terminals' Singapore facility has completed its first concurrent bunkering operation along with Stolt Tankers.
The chemical tanker Stolt Virtue was able to refuel whilst berthed alongside the Jurong Island facility at the same time as performing loading and discharging operations.
In addition to bunkering, other operations can also be completed during the loading and discharging of cargoes, such as nitrogen purging of ship tanks, concurrent ship-to-ship operations and concurrent transhipment.
Chok Vui Shung, general manager of Stolthaven Singapore says that this landmark operation offers potential cost saving for customers, improves ship turnaround times and increases safety because bunkering alongside can be better managed.
This development is aligned with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore's plans to close ALGAS anchorage for the expansion of Tuas Megaport.
The company says in a statement: 'With the increasing challenges faced by vessels, we see that there are likely to be more concurrent bunkering operations at Stolthaven Singapore through 2018 and beyond. This service has been and will be extended to all vessels that are coming into Stolthaven Singapore for operations.
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