Gazpromneft Marine Bunker, has won contracts from Royal Caribbean International and Saga Cruises.
The fuel supplier will manage around 60 bunkering operations for Royal Caribbean and Saga cruise vessels during the summerseason (May—September, 2019)at St Petersburg’s Marine Façade passenger port.
Totalmarine fuels sales under these contracts are expected to be about 55,000 tonnes.
Cruise ships will be supplied with marine and hybrid oil products with a sulfur content of less than 0.1%, produced at Gazprom Neft’s Moscow and Omsk refineries. These marine fuels were blended for use in SECA emission control zones, and are fully compliant with new requirements under the international MARPOL Convention.
Andrei Vasiliev, CEO, Gazpromneft Marine Bunker, commented: “St Petersburg is a popular tourist destination: 620,000 tourists visited the Northern Capital on cruise liners in 2018 alone.
“The trend in increasing passenger traffic shows the number of cruise liners visiting St Petersburg every year is only going to grow. Terminal infrastructure and our own bunkering fleet mean Gazpromneft Marine Bunker can meet maritime companies’ growing demand for high-technology oil products and offer a high-quality service at the Port of St Petersburg,” he said.
Gazpromneft Marine Bunker is a Gazprom Neft subsidiary, established in 2007 to provide year-round sales of marine fuels and lubricants for marine and river transport. The company achieved sales of around 332,000 tonnes of marine fuels at St Petersburg last year.