Qatar Petroleum announced on June 19, 2017, that fuel-oil bunkering solutions for all vessels calling on Qatari ports has been made available as of Monday.
In an attempt to offset the effects of the ongoing Saudi-led embargo on its maritime commerce, Qatar has launched a temporary vessel-borne fueling facility for all vessels lifting Qatari cargo.
The 1st shipment is now on site at Ras Laffan.
«This is a 1st, and important, step towards self-reliance for fuel-oil bunkering solutions for all vessels,» Qatar Petroleum CEO Saad Sherida al-Kaabi said. «We took it upon ourselves to assist our clients overcome this challenge by introducing measures to ensure the continuous and reliable energy supplies.»
The facility will serve Qatar's own fleet of LNG tankers, which have been banned from the UAE port of Fujairah, the main bunkering port in the region.
The UAE has partially lifted restrictions on non-Qatari vessels in Qatari trade, and Platts reports that port officials are now allowing foreign ships with Qatari itineraries to bunker in the Fujairah Offshore Anchorage Area.
The new arrangements at Ras Laffan are not the only bunkering news for Qatar in recent days.
Last week, despite the embargo and the diplomatic dispute between Qatar and its neighbors, Shell signed a letter of intent with Qatar Petroleum for the development of LNG bunkering facilities worldwide – a major vote of confidence.