New ARA bunker supplier plans second barge for Rotterdam market
21 Apr 2017 15:55 GMT
|Bunker firm aims to have barge supply bases in both Antwerp and Rotterdam within the next two months.|
| Marine fuel company Prax Bunker Belgium BVBA is due to launch a new bunker supply operation in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region from next month.|
Speaking to Bunker Index, Leslie Willems, who is heading the operation, explained that the company has chartered a barge to operate from Antwerp, from where it will also be possible to carry out deliveries in nearby locations such as Ghent, Terneuzen, Flushing and Zeebrugge.
From June, Willems said the company then intends to hire a second barge that would be principally located in Rotterdam, thus providing the company with additional flexibility in terms of supply coverage and delivery capacity.
Prax's current barge, which is set to start performing deliveries from the first week of May, has the capacity to store up to 3,500 metric tonnes in total. The company intends use it to carry around 2,000 tonnes of 380 centistoke (cSt) and 1,500 tonnes of marine gas oil (MGO).
Prax is purchasing product directly from oil refiners such as ExxonMobil and Total. While the sourcing and delivery of
380 cSt and MGO will simply involve loading product onto the barge and delivering to customers, specific customer requirements for lower-viscosity residual fuels such as 180 cSt will require Prax to carry out blending on board.
In addition to barge deliveries, Prax says it will also be able to arrange supplies by truck if required.
Prax Bunker Belgium is UK-owned. Surrey-based Prax Petroleum is an independent oil importer and supplier of automotive and industrial fuels in the UK; the company operates terminals in Dagenham, Grays, Immingham and Cardiff and is owned by parent company State Oil Ltd.
In addition to Willems, the Prax Bunker Belgium team also comprises Dries Van Hoorenbeeck, Monique Twigt, Maarten Vellenga and Alex de Wilt.