With environmental compliance capturing headlines in every story written about ocean container shipping these days, an important announcement was share with Logistics Management recently.
GP Global has marked a milestone with the successful delivery of the first International Maritime Organization (IMO) 2020 compliant bunker load of low sulphur fuel oil (LSFO).
The global conglomerate made its maiden delivery via its “6,000-tonner bunker barge” at Fujairah, which will help serve the Port of Fujairah as well as adjoining ocean cargo gateways, enabling the UAE to meet the IMO directive.
“We are thankful to the authorities of the Port of Fujairah and our partners for their continued trust in us, which has enabled us to undertake the first bunkering of LSFO, just in time as the IMO 2020 takes effect next year,” said Anil Keswani, Head of Bunkering, East of Suez at GP Global Group. “We are committed to supporting our partners and clients in meeting specifications, which will contribute a long way to securing a cleaner marine environment.”
According to spokesmen, GP Global’s GPB1 is capable of delivering a comprehensive “suite” of residual and distillate marine fuels, including Low-Sulphur Marine Gasoil (LSMGO), LSFO, 180 CST and 380 CST at the UAE ports.
The company has three more barges at Fujairah of which the largest – GBP2 – will be dedicated exclusively for LSFO to meet the growing requirements in the region, expected from mid-October.
The achievement by GP Global follows the announcement by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) regarding the specification for IMO 2020 grade bunkers.
The Publicly Available Specification describes how the current ISO 8217 standard can be applied for the new fuels, with technical advice for kinematic viscosity, cold flow properties, stability and ignition characteristics, among others. GP Global’s LSFO serves as a cost-effective fuel, which conforms to all environmental standards outlined.