Vitol Bunkers will extend its services to the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region in Europe, and in Singapore will add two new electric-hybrid bunker tankers.
From 1 October 2021 in ARA, customers will be able to obtain a range of marine fuel grades, bio-blends and Vitol’s Green Bunker Fuels, which were introduced in June 2021, and allow customers to offset emissions associated with a particular cargo through the use of verified emissions reductions (VERs).
‘We are very excited to have established a foothold in ARA and Flushing, Europe’s largest bunkering hub, and to extend our services to new and existing customers across the ARA region,’ says Chris Young, global bunkering account manager.
Singapore’s new hybrid bunker tankers, which will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions, will join the fleet in the second half of 2022. They will use state-of-the-art energy storage systems (ESS) with lithium ion batteries for energy storage and an automated power management system (PMS) to manage power consumption. The ESS will be able to charge via onshore power supplies when these become available in Singapore.
‘We are proud and delighted to be the first to contribute to the reduction of emissions in the port of Singapore through deployment of these electric-hybrid bunker tankers. We support Singapore’s aspirations to be a leader in maritime decarbonisation and we look forward to using these new craft to even more efficiently deliver bunkers to customers here in the world’s biggest bunkering port,’ says Mike Muller, head of Vitol Asia.
In July 2021, Vital Bunkers opened up a US Gulf Coast location, and also joined forces with Zhejiang Seaport International Trading (SeaportBunker), a subsidiary of Ningbo Zhoushan Port Group, to offer bunker fuels at Yangshan Port in China.