OW Bunker reports Pacific Islands growth

Increase in demand is said to be a result of growth in Australia-Asia trade.

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Updated on 21 Feb 2012 12:04 GMT

OW Bunker, one of the world's leading suppliers and traders of marine fuel, has confirmed an increase in demand for bunkers across the Pacific Islands, resulting from a further strengthening in trade between Australia, China, Indonesia and India and further growth in the domestic cruise industry.

OW Bunker Australia, which acts as the OW Bunker Group's purchasing centre for the region, has reported that the Pacific Islands are experiencing an increase in demand for marine fuel as Australia's commodities markets and marine tourism industries continue on a positive growth trajectory. OW Bunker says that availability of both 0.1% MGO and 3.5% fuel oil across the region is sufficient to meet demand, with a strong supply infrastructure throughout the Pacific Islands.

Stefan Poulus, Branch Manager, OW Bunker Australia, commented: "Australia's economy in particular remains robust, with an influx of international investment in commodities such as iron ore and LNG significantly boosting trade from and across the region. We have seen growth in several key bunker ports, with Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea providing a good alternative for bunkers on the Australia and New Zealand to Asia route. Increased cruise traffic has also fuelled demand across the Pacific Islands, particularly in New Caledonia, Fiji and French Polynesia. Projections for the cruise industry, particularly between Australia and New Zealand are strong, with a predicted 20% increase in traffic in the next few years, so we can anticipate that demand for bunkers will increase in line with this."

The recent announcement of a US$2.9 billion investment from Rio Tinto in Western Australia's Port of Cape Lambert is expected to enhance the port's capacity for the export of iron ore to 203 million tonnes annually by 2015. The Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Corporation (GLDD) has also announced a US$180m contract tied to Chevron's Wheatstone LNG Project, which is expected to further strengthen Australia's output and trade with Asia in particular, as the biggest consumers of Australian LNG.

Poulus added: "The bunker industry has been on the front-foot concerning increased trade across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. At OW Bunker, we are able to use our extensive knowledge of the Asia Pacific region, working in close partnership with our Singapore division in particular, to present a total bunkering solution to our clients. We have been able to build strong relationships with suppliers and clients across the Asia Pacific, which enables us to provide the most efficient, cost effective and reliable services to customers who may well be looking to increase their business in the region."

OW Bunker offers a full range of fuel oil products from Fremantle, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Gladstone ports in Australia and Auckland, Tauranga and Marsden Point ports in New Zealand. OW Bunker Australia can also supply at ports across the Pacific Islands at key ports including Suva, Papeete, Noumea and Port Moresby.

For more information about OW Bunker Australia, please visit www.owbunker.com or contact:

Stefan Poulus - Branch Manager
OW Bunker Australia Pty Ltd.
Ph: +61 (0) 3 9820 3844
Mobile: + 61 (0) 423 748 490
Email: stpo_owbunker.com