Chinese state energy company Sinopec has begun making wholesale deliveries ot bunker
fuel to Sri Lanka to supply the Hambantota market, says an article published in Ship & Bunker.
Sinpec’s first buyer
Local supplier Lanka Marine Services (LMS) was Sinopec’s first buyer, Hambantota
International Port (HIP) said in a statement.
“LMS supplied IMO 2020 compliant Very Low Sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO) to their client, crude oil tanker m.v. Suez Hans, which was on route to the Suez from Chennai,” HIP said.
“The tanker refuelled at the Hambantota Port anchorage via oil barge m.v_ Kumana, chartered to LMS by HIP, to handle the bunker supply.”
Hambantota bunker operations
Bunker operations at Hambantota were awarded to Sinopec atter control of the port was
handed over to Chinese interests by Sri Lanka’s government in 2017 on a 99-year lease
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Source: Ship & Bunker