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Maersk and Vopak to launch 0.5% sulfur fuel bunkering facility

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Maersk vessel in Rotterdam

AUGUST 20, 2018 — A.P. Moller – Maersk and tank storage operator Royal Vopak are to launch 0.5% sulfur fuel bunkering facility in Rotterdam that will cater for around 20% of Maersk global demand. Maersk will be an anchor tenant in the modified facilities and says the agreement will enable it, as well as any other interested third parties, to supply vessels trading with and inside Europe with compliant fuel.

“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,” says Niels Henrik Lindegaard, Head of Maersk Oil Trading, a division of A.P. Moller – Maersk.

A.P. Moller – Maersk says the project plays a key role in providing it with supply chain assurance looking at both quality and quantity of the compliant fuel. The facility, at Vopak Terminal Europoort, allows A.P. Moller – Maersk safe blending, storing and handling of different fuel types to ensure full compliance with the 0.5% sulfur cap.

“We are very proud to serve A.P. Moller – Maersk with this dedicated 0.5% sulfur bunkering point in the heart of Rotterdam. With A.P. Moller – Maersk as an anchor customer, Vopak demonstrates the focus to position itself in the 0.5% sulfur fuels bunker market. We are dedicated to serve our customers to comply with the IMO 2020 regulations in the key global bunker hubs around the world,” says Hari Dattatreya, Global Oil Director Royal Vopak.

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