BPCL is producing Marine Bunker fuels in line with the IMO guidelines for sulphur in fuel oil used on board ships of less than 0.50% m/m (mass by mass) from 1 January 2020. The effort is to significantly reduce the amount of sulphur oxide emanating from ships and should have major health and environmental benefits for the world, particularly for populations living close to ports and coasts.
The production of these Marine Fuels i.e. VLSFO (very low sulphur fuel oil) and HF HSD (MGO / Gas Oil) are done at BPCL’s Mumbai & Kochi Refineries and at present BPCL is doing Bunkering from the Ports of Mumbai, Kochi & Kakinada. The specifications meets ISO:8217:2017 RMG and DMA for VLSFO and HF HSD respectively.
Mumbai – At Mumbai, we have 6600 KL capacity of storing VLSFO at our Sewree Installation which receives the IMO compliant fuel from our Mumbai Refinery and the supply chain works from filling of tank trucks ex Sewree to Bunker Barges to Vessels. Soonest, BPCL shall load Bunker Barges directly from Refinery tanks at old Pirpau jetty, omitting the tedious operation through tank trucks.
BPCL, would also be commissioning 8000 KL tank at MOT (Marine Oil Terminal / Jawahar dweep) on VLSFO, which is connected to Ports dedicated barge loading jetty at JD-2 and offer a world class Bunkering experience. The inputs to MOT would be from BPCL’s Mumbai Refinery.
The above developments, would facilitate to tap more Bunker volumes at Mumbai OPL (outer port limit) from passing vessels from / to Gujarat ports for Bunker only call.
For HF HSD (MGO/Gas Oil), BPCL has 10000 KL capacity tanks at Sewree which gets the feed from Mumbai Refinery by Pipeline. It has storage for mix bonding to take care of Bonded / duty paid Bunkers. The supply chain, presently is through tank truck filling to Bunker barges and to Vessels. Though very soon, it will be Pipeline deliveries directly from BPCL Refinery Tanks to Bunker barges at old Pirpau jetty.
BPCL Bunkering operations are well supported by 5 - 6 Bunker barges of various capacities in Mumbai, which facilitate Bunkering at Berth, inner Anchorage and outer Anchorage (OPL).
In Kochi, BPCL is having 20000 KL and 5000 KL storage capacity on VLSFO and HF HSD (MGO/Gas Oil) respectively. The Bunkering of both these products are through 7 – 8 Bunker barges at berth and OPL (outer port limit, for Bunker only call). VLSFO inputs are primarily from our Mumbai Refinery and occasionally from Kochi Refinery, coastally.
HF HSD (MGO/Gas Oil) inputs are directly from BPCL Kochi Refinery by Pipeline to BPCL’s Ernakulum Installation.
Kakinada – BPCL is storing only HF HSD (MGO/Gas Oil) here in Kakinada for Bunkering of vessels engaged in off-shore activities from our 13500 Tankages at this port. The Customer Bunker barges are filled by Pipeline and we can do Bunker by tank trucks also at Kakinada Port. The feed to this port is from BPCL Kochi Refinery.
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