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New ARA bunker supplier to perform first delivery on May 5

05 May 2017 10:02 GMT

Chartered barge to supply 540 metric tonnes to a customer on Friday evening.

New marine fuel supplier Prax Bunker Belgium BVBA has confirmed that it will be performing its first bunker delivery in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region on Friday evening.

Speaking to Bunker Index, Leslie Willems, who is heading the operation, said the chartered barge Vanquish [pictured] will be supplying a client with 540 metric tonnes of product via a delivery of 380 centistoke (cSt) and 0.1 percent marine gas oil (MGO).

The 2950-deadweight-tonne (dwt), 2010-built Vanquish 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).

According to ship-tracking data, the Vanquish departed from Antwerp during the evening of May 4 and arrived in Rotterdam on Friday morning.

Prax confirmed in April that it would be launching a new bunker supply operation this month. Speaking at the time, Willems explained that the Vanquish would be operating from Antwerp, from where it will also be possible to carry out deliveries in nearby ports such as Ghent, Terneuzen, Flushing and Zeebrugge - and more distant locations such as Rotterdam if required.

From next month, 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 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 is also 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 experienced bunker professionals Dries Van Hoorenbeeck, Monique Twigt, Maarten Vellenga and Alex de Wilt.

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