ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Hambantota International Port where China’s Sinopec is already selling very low sulfur fuel oil wholesale, will soon offer marine gas oil, strengthening its position as a marine fuels supply point, an statement said.
“In order to further develop HIP as a competitive marine bunker supply location, we entered into a strategic partnership with Sinopec Fuel Oil Lanka Limited (SFOL) to provide bunkering services as a wholesale exporter and also service vessels calling HIP as a value added service.
“Sinopec with their vast resources guarantees the supply of VLSFO in Hambantota currently and MGO in the near future, enabling the port to service all vessels plying the principal sea route in the Indian Ocean,” Tissa Wickramasinghe, Chief Operating Officer of Hambantota International Port Group said.
HIPG is controlled by China’s CM Ports group.
Sinopec Fuel Oil Lanka Limited (SFOL) is also supplying wholesale bunkers to other bunkering companies based in Sri Lanka.
Navigator of the Seas, a Bahama flagged cruise ship had called at Hambantota port for Marine bunker fuel while sailing from Port Said, Egypt to Yeosu, South Korea for fuel.
HIPG said it was the first cruise ship to call at Hambantota since the Coronavirus crises started in the early in 2020.
The vessel had a crew of 217 but non had dis-embarked under Coronavirus rules. (Colombo/Aug06/2021)