Gazpromneft Marine Bunker announced on August 10, 2016, that it has begun providing bunker supply services, via its bunker vessel Gazpromneft Omsk, to Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Ltd (STASCO) vessels within the Black Sea region.
Gazpromneft says it signed the supply agreement with STASCO in February 2016, adding that, while it currently covers bunker supply in the Russian North West region, the agreement also includes an option for further regional expansion. The first fuel shipments under the agreement are said to have started in March at the Port of Primorsk.
Gazpromneft Omsk, which has been assessed and approved for use by Shell International Shipping experts, is noted to have recently bunkered the 115,000 DWT tanker Iasonas with 1,480 tonnes of HFO under the agreement.
Andrey Vasilyev, CEO, Gazpromneft Marine Bunker, commented: «The extension of our collaboration with STASCO is a major confirmation of the perceived quality of the fuels we supply, and the services delivered on the part of our partners. We plan to further consolidate our leading position in the Russian bunkering market, developing cooperation with major Russian and international bunkering companies.»
On August 8, 2016, Ship & Bunker reported that Gazpromneft has implemented a major project to optimise its supply vessel, Gazpromneft Zuid, in the Russian port of Murmansk, enabling round the clock supply operations and the provision of three types of lubricants.