Vopak has launched bunkering services at its Seabarok terminal in Singapore, allowing tankers to refuel at the same time as loading or discharging cargoes.
The terminal is located close to Singapore’s eastern anchorage, where a significant majority of bunkering activity takes place.
The service will eliminate the time needed to move tankers calling at the facility to designated anchorage elsewhere in Singapore for bunkering.
Prior to this new service, tanker vessels needed to sail to the anchorage to receive their bunkers.
Tan Soo Koong, Vopak Terminals Singapore managing director, says: ‘This concurrent bunkering makes the scheduling of bunker supply more predictable, and is in line with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s directive to improve port efficiency.’
This service is the result of a collaboration with BW Pacific, Singanju Marine Services, and Unicore Fuel. Vopak says it will be progressively expanded to its other terminals in Singapore.