Qatar Petroleum launches bunkering operation

Doha-based company looks to overcome sanctions imposed on vessels bunkering in Fujairah.

Qatar Petroleum has started a domestic bunkering operation for all vessels calling on Qatari ports as the country looks to become self-reliant.

The Doha-based company said the facility is available for all vessels lifting any Qatari seaborne imports or exports.

Qatar Petroleum also announced that the first of several shipments carrying fuel oil for bunkering purposes had arrived at its Ras Laffan anchorage.

It said operations will be managed in collaboration with WOQOD Marine, which is responsible for the sale and delivery of fuel oil using ship to ship transfers.

“Due to the unfortunate ongoing crisis, many of our clients were impacted by regional decisions limiting their ability to meet their commitments in a timely and cost-effective manner,” said Qatar Petroleum chief executive Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi.

“We took it upon ourselves to assist our clients overcome this challenge by introducing measures to ensure the continuous and reliable energy supplies.

“This is a first, and important, step towards self-reliance for fuel-oil bunkering solutions for all vessels.

“This temporary ship-to-ship fuel bunkering facility will meet our clients’ safety and commercial expectations, and will continue until a permanent solution is implemented.”

Qatar Petroleum said it will be catering for the majority of Qatar’s LNG vessel fleet and provide the service to other clients including Muntajat, Hamad Port, and potential (FOB) clients of Qatar who load products such as crude oil, LPG, condensate and naphtha.​

Earlier this month Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed ties, including all air, land and sea transport links with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.