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Vivo Energy Mauritius acquires Gulf Star 1 to boost Indian Ocean operations

Vivo Energy Mauritius acquires Gulf Star 1 to boost Indian Ocean operations

Built in Turkey, and equipped with a capacity 1,348 tons of Marine Fuel Oil and 370 tons of Marine Gasoil, Gulf Star 1 takes centrestage in Vivo Energy Mauritius’ ambitions to strengthen its competitiveness in the maritime segment. (Image: Company)

In order to better serve the rapidly expanding market for ship provisions, Vivo Energy Mauritius, which serves as the official arm of energy major Shell Mauritius for the distribution of fuels and lubricants, has acquired the ship titled ‘Gulf Star 1.’

Vivo Energy is determined to support the development of the market for provisioning of ships anchoring in the port. This initiative comes in line with this vision, as the newly acquired ship Gulf Star 1 is equipped with a supply capacity that is clearly superior to that of Tri-Star Glory, in operation since 2012.

This new acquisition reflects the intent of Vivo Energy Mauritius to capitalise on the accelerating growth in maritime traffic in the Indian Ocean. In 2013, as many as 3,652 ships, featuring 669 container ships and 993 fishing boats, made a stopover at Port Louis as indicated by official figures.

The maritime zone of Mauritius indeed attracts more and more ships, serving as a transit hub for Africa, East Asia, Latin America and Australia.

“We expect a robust increase in the number of ships making a stopover in Port Louis because of the competitiveness of harbour services on offer in the country. We were the first ones to introduce fuel oil 380 cst on the market and in 2014, we developed our storage capacity for this product,” notes Kiran Juwaheer, Managing Director at Vivo Energy Mauritius.

In addition, the sum total of benefits that will accrue from the current acquisition will depend on support from all stakeholders of the harbour logistics in Mauritius, including the oil supply companies.

“Vivo Energy Mauritius wants to make an active contribution to this segment, in the long term interest of harbour development. Therefore, we improved our logistics in terms of speed of delivery and assured passing ships of the availability of fuel, especially Marine Fuel Oil 380cst and of Marine Gasoil,” explains Eric Hufouye, from the Marine and Aviation department of Vivo Energy Mauritius.

Consequently, Gulf Star 1 takes centrestage in Vivo Energy Mauritius’ ambitions to strengthen its competitiveness in the maritime segment. Built in Turkey, it responds to the most rigorous environmental safety and protection standards. It can carry up to 1,348 tons of Marine Fuel Oil and 370 tons of Marine Gasoil.

About Vivo Energy Mauritius:

Founded in 2011, Vivo Energy Mauritius distributes and markets fuels for leading lubricants firm Shell whose association with Mauritius goes back 110 years.

Vivo Energy Mauritius has a 2,675 metric ton storage capacity and operates 44 gas stations.

Vivo Energy Mauritius employs 120 people directly, and engages more than 650 people in indirect jobs.

The company is recognised as the leader in the oil industry in Mauritius, and champions the preservation of safety standards in the sale and distribution of fuels.


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