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Maersk and Vopak aggree to launch 0.5pct sulphur fuel bunkering facility in Rotterdam

Logistic News - Published on Wed, 29 Aug 2018

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AP Moller-Maersk and Royal Vopak, an independent tank storage operator active in the heart of Rotterdam’s bunker environment, have agreed to this first joint initiative which will cater for circa 20 per cent of Maersk global demand, enabling AP Moller-Maersk to deliver approximately 2.3 mt per year. As an anchor tenant in the modified facilities, this agreement will enable Maersk, as well as any other interested third parties, to supply vessels trading with and inside Europe with compliant fuel.

Mr Niels Henrik Lindegaard, Head of Maersk Oil Trading, a division of AP Moller-Maersk, said that "We trust that this initiative will put to rest some of the concerns the industry has on fuel availability as well as secure our continued competitiveness in the market."

The facility, at Vopak Terminal Europoort, allows AP Moller-Maersk to safely blend, store and handle different fuel types to ensure full compliance with the 0.5 per cent sulphur cap.

The release added that this long-term commitment with Vopak prepares A. P. Moller-Maersk for the paradigm shift of the 2020 IMO rules on sulphur in fuel, which will be a game-changer for the entire industry.

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Posted By : Joykumar Irom on Wed, 29 Aug 2018
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