Launch of first VLSFO supply in Mozambique

Mozambique Civitas Logistics, part of the Civitas Partners Group (CPG), is now offering very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) at the Port of Nacala after the discharge of the fuel, supplied by Shell from Singapore, into its floating storage unit, Deniz Sultan, on 7 November.

CPG will supply VLSFO in the Nacala area from the 1,725 DWT chartered barge Gulf Star 1, which was previously in service at Port Louis, Mauritius. The company says that it is looking to develop Nacala as a key bunkering hub which can offer all marine fuel grades at levels which are competitive with other ports in Southern and Eastern Africa.

Located at the easternmost point of Africa, the Port of Nacala is a natural deep water port. Prior to the start of supply at the port, the only option for vessels seeking to refuel with VLSFO in the region would be to bunker at South African ports.

CPG received its bunker licence for Mozambique earlier this year and already offers low sulphur marine gasoil (LSMGO) (DMA) and high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) (RME 180) for vessels equipped with scrubbers.

The company also operates its owned barge, the 1,380 DWT CPG Iska, and uses the 112,000 DWT Aframax, Deniz Sultan, for floating storage.

The company also supplies LSMGO and HSFO at the Port of Pemba, in the north of Mozambique, which is a key logistics hub the country’s gas reserves.

Commenting on the introduction of VLSFO at Nacala, Max Tonela, Minister of Mines and Natural Resources, said: The availability of globally demanded marine fuels in Mozambican waters is a positive milestone for the development of the maritime economy of Mozambique.

‘Given our strategic position along the main trade routes, we see no reason as to why Mozambican ports shouldn’t become globally competitive locations for the supply of marine fuels.’


Tags: Low Sulphur Fuel, Mozambique Civitas Logistics, VLSFO
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