LONDON (Reuters) - Marine fuel supplier Peninsula Petroleum said on Tuesday it plans to double deliveries of very low-sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO) to 600,000 tonnes by the year-end, just before new shipping rules take effect globally to restrict sulfur emissions.
“To date we have delivered 300,000 tonnes of VLSFO in our physical supply ports of Gibraltar, Algeciras, Barcelona, Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp, Canary Islands, Malta, Panama, U.S. Gulf Coast and Los Angeles,” CEO John A. Bassadone said.
From the start of 2020 the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization will require that all ships use fuel with sulfur content limited at 0.5%, compared with 3.5% currently, unless they have sulfur-cleaning kits called scrubbers.
Peninsula, in a news release, also said it had increased its storage capacity to 400,000 tonnes in Europe and 370,000 tonnes across the Americas.
The company recently acquired its first Panamax tanker, which it said it would use for fuel purchases, floating storage and cargo transhipments. It also said it had expanded its global fleet of more than 30 owned and chartered vessels with seven additional product tankers.
Reporting by Ahmad Ghaddar and Roslan Khasawneh; Editing by Dale Hudson