Djibouti-based bunkering services company Red Sea Bunkering (RSB) announced that it is expanding its operations in the region from November 1, 2015 and it will be offering offshore bunkering via a double hull 9,300 DWT vessel that has a pumping rate of 300-500 cm/hr, and can bunker two products simultaneously. The offshore bunkering will be offered at both inner and outer anchorage.
It had officially supplied its first STS customer off Djibouti on that date using the company’s vessel ‘Cosmic’ which supplied an unspecified amount of 380cSt bunkers to a chartered ‘MT Nisida’ vessel.
“Captain Giannis of the Cosmic said that he was pleased with the safety procedures and quality service of RSB first supplies and that operation went smoothly,” the company said.
The new service comes in addition to its onshore road tank wagon (RTW) service to all Djibouti Ports, and an ex-pipeline service at the Horizon Terminal Jetty, both of which began in July this year. RSB says that for onshore bunkering it can supply DMA grade MGO, while offshore it will supply Low sulfur DMA by December 2015, and RME 180cSt will be available after December 2015. All fuels are sold as per ISO 8217:2005 specifications.
RBS is a ship to ship fuel bunkering servicing company exclusively operating in all ports and territorial waters of Djibouti. It is an affiliated company of Dubai-based energy and trade investment firm United Capital Investments Group (UCIG).
Djibouti, known officially as the Republic of Djibouti, is a country located in the Horn of Africa. It occupies a total area of just 23,200 km2 (8,958 sq mi)and is a multi-ethnic nation with a population of over 810,000 inhabitants. Arabic and French constitute the country’s two official languages. About 94% of residents adhere to Islam, a religion that has been predominant in the region for more than 1,000 years.
Djibouti is strategically located near the world’s busiest shipping lanes, controlling access to the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. It serves as a key refueling and transshipment center, and is the principal maritime port for imports to and exports from neighboring Ethiopia. A burgeoning commercial hub, the nation is the site of various foreign military bases, including Camp Lemonnier.