BUNKER INDEX :: Price Index, News and Directory Information for the Marine Fuel Industry



« News Home
:: Monthly Archive

News Topics
:: Air Pollution
:: Agreements & M&A's
:: Alternative Fuels
:: BunkerBlog
:: Cargoes & Storage
:: Company News
:: Efficiency, Costs & Charges
:: Environment
:: Events
:: Financial
:: Fuel Quality & Testing
:: Lubes & Additives
:: Oil Spills
:: People
:: Port News
:: Projects
:: Regulation, Legal
:: Services, Products,Technology
:: Statistics & Research
:: Vessels

Regional Archive
:: Americas
:: Asia/Oceania
:: Europe
:: M.East/Africa


BUNKER INDEX :: Price Index, News and Directory Information for the Marine Fuel Industry
Home » News





Motion to ban Gibraltar floating storage fails

25 Jun 2010 09:55 GMT

Madrid votes against motion requesting to force Gibraltar to store fuel on land.



A motion to force Gibraltar to store all its marine fuel on land has failed this week following a vote in the Spanish Parliament.

The country's right-wing party, Partido Popular (PP), called on Madrid to ask the British Government to force Gibraltar to store all its marine fuel on land.

However, the motion failed after the ruling PSOE (Partido Socialista Obrero Español) party voted against.

PP representatives claimed the use of vessels to store fuel at sea posed unacceptable pollution risks that also breached legislation in Spanish waters.

PP's José Ignacio Landaluce commented: “Spain and the rest of the European Union have legislation that prohibits the storage of fuel at sea for obvious safety reasons.

“Gibraltar does not have this legislation and, as a result, breaches the rules in Spanish waters in the Bay of Algeciras with the presence of three floating petrol stations,” Landaluce added.

Meanwhile, representatives at the port of Gibraltar pointed out that floating storage tankers and ship-to-ship fuel transfers are not currently banned in Europe as a whole, even though they are prohibited in Spain.

“There is no EU legislation that prohibits the use of floating storage,” said Peter Hall, Captain of the Port of Gibraltar."

The government of Gibraltar has stated publicly on a number of occasions that it wants an end to the use of floating storage in Gibraltar.

As a solution, several commercial operators have expressed an interest in taking over use of the King’s Line military fuel depot inside the Rock.

The site has been left unused for a number of years following the tightening of UK safety standards after an explosion at Total's Buncefield fuel depot near Hemel Hempstead in December 2005.

The King's Line depot would require substantial investment before it could be used again, as would the pipelines connecting the facility to quayside installations at the port.






Related Links:

CEPSA ready to offer 1.00% sulphur fuels
Vopak, Vilma Oil to start Algeciras terminal construction

Latest News:

IBIA names Michael Green as new chairman
Oil and fuel oil hedging market update
Brent crude took modest gains yesterday
ABS issues SOx and NOx emissions reminder
Lubmarine extends EAL range with launch of BIO OG PLUS
First concurrent bunkering operation performed at Stolthaven Singapore
Furukawa Battery certified as approved supplier of marine batteries
Quadrise: Fuel production system commissioned in Saudi Arabia
Is oil heading for the 70s or lower 60s?
Oil and fuel oil hedging market update
FIS expecting strong HSFO paper liquidity 'right up to deadline day' in 2020 and beyond
GTT hails 'great start to the year' with LNG tank orders




Page Links:

Prices
Africa
Asia
Latin America
Middle East
North America
North Europe
South Europe
Index Summary
Price Highlights
Commentaries
Futures
Prices
Antwerp
Busan
Cape Town
Fujairah
Houston
Istanbul
Kaohsiung
Las Palmas
Maracaibo
New Orleans
Piraeus
Rio de Janeiro
Rotterdam
Santos
Singapore
News
Latest News
Blogs
Archive
Americas
Asia
Europe
Middle East
News
Air Pollution
Agreements & M&A's
Alternative Fuels
Cargoes & Storage
Efficiency, Costs & Charges
Environment
Events
Financial
Fuel Quality
Lubes & Additives
Oil Spills
People
Port News
Projects
Regulation/Legal
Services, Products, Technology
Statistics & Research
Vessels
Contact & Terms
Contact Us
Advertise
Terms & Conditions
Privacy Policy
Events
Upcoming Events