New Mangalore Port Trust recently signed an agreement with Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., Bangalore for providing Bunkering Facilities to the ships visiting harbour and ships at anchorage / offshore at the Port.
NMPT had invited tenders from firms having experience in supplying bunker fuel for the work of “Providing Bunkering Facilities to the ships visiting harbour and ships at anchorage / offshore at New Mangalore Port for a period of Five (05) Years. M/s. Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., Bangalore won the bid H1 by offering highest minimum volume of bunker offered by a firm.
Bunkering is a facility of supplying of fuel for use by ships and includes the shipboard logistics of loading fuel and distributing it among available bunker tanks. The Port had aimed to provide all the required facilities to the shipping community in general and for the port users in particular in a phased manner.
According to a press release, NMPT explored the possibilities of improving the facilities in the service sector especially in area of Shipping and in line with the guidelines and directives received from the Ministry of Ports Waterways & Shipping.
Considering the strategic location of the port among the international sea routes, it is possible to provide bunkering services to ships within the port area connected to all berths and also those anchored outside the International waters. After the formal contract agreement the expected minimum cargo to be handled will be 90,000 MT annually.