Total Mauritius starts chartering with MT Silver Amanda assuring delivery of 8500 tons of 380 cst fuel oil
Total Mauritius starts its first bunkering activity with the arrival of 8500 tons of 380 centistokes (cst) fuel oil intended for transit ships, and with this first import, the company goes full steam ahead with the development of this activity to meet the demands of transit ships.(Image:Orange.mu)
Total Mauritius has embarked on a new foray in the marine sector with the MT Silver Amanda, the very first tanker chartered by Total Mauritius, assuring delivery of 8500 tons of fuel oil intended for ships which transit through the region.
A plan was already was set up to receive this first tanker, chartered via Total Oil Trading limited company, a subsidiary of the Total Group that specialises in trade and transport of oil and operates in over 120 countries.
“The 380 cst fuel oil is the fuel that is most commonly consumed by transit ships and the demand is expected to increase in the coming years,” notes Shakeel Baichu, New Energies, Marine & Aviation Sales Manager at Total Mauritius Ltd.
To meet this demand and assure the implementation of the supply chain necessary for marketing this new fuel, investments to the tune of Rs 50 million were made in 2014 and 2015.
So, two storage tanks of a total capacity of 15000 tons were equipped with a system of heating, essential to the storage of the 380 cst fuel oil and necessary modifications to pipelines were also undertaken.
“The arrival of this tanker is an important stage in the development of the bunkering activity in Mauritius and I thank the Mauritian authorities, the officers at the Ministry of Industry and the Trade, the State Trading Corporation and the Mauritius Ports Authority, who accompanied us throughout the process, on both administrative and operational aspects, for obtaining the import licence and approving results of the quality tests,” highlights Phillippe Liong, Supply and JV Manager at Total Mauritius.
Besides these investments in logistics, Total Mauritius proceeded with writing and implementing a Maritime Emergency Plan, with help from experts at CEDAR, the Center of Documentation, Research and Experiments on accidental pollution of water.
An emergency exercise, based on a scenario of marine pollution with the deployment of antipollution equipment, took place in October, 2014 with the MPA and the fire brigades of the port.
“The take-off of our bunkering activity is connected to the investments made by Total Mauritius over the last eight years, in particular, the increase in our storage capacity within the harbour zone in 2006, the arrival of the ship MT Minorca in 2010 and the installation of pipelines giving access to quays A, D, E, 2, 3, 4 and the transformation of our storage facilities to accommodate the fuel oil 380 cst in 2014,” underlined Philippe Liong.
Finally, with this first import of fuel oil 380 cst, Total Mauritius, supported by Total Marine Fuels and other subsidiaries of the Group, is going full steam ahead with the development of these activities.