Dutch storage tank firm Vopak has launched new bunkering services at its Sebarok oil terminal in Singapore to allow simultaneous refuelling and cargo operations.

Tankers docking at the terminal will be able to receive bunkers from barges during the loading or discharging of cargoes, which marks a change to the previous schedule that required vessels to sail to the anchorage.

According to Reuters, the service is expected to eliminate the shifting time from the terminal to the designated anchorages for bunkering.

The launch of the new service is intended to support the Maritime and Port Authority’s (MPA) initiative for improving port efficiency, reported World Maritime News.

“This new concurrent bunkering service is a continuation of Vopak’s strategy to help unlock logistical value for our customers, enabling seamless, safe and efficient logistics processes.”

Vopak Terminals Singapore managing director Tan Soo Koong told media sources: “This new concurrent bunkering service is a continuation of Vopak’s strategy to help unlock logistical value for our customers, enabling seamless, safe and efficient logistics processes in the entire supply chain.”

The Sebarok terminal connects the supply of bunker fuels and aims to facilitate the flow of oil products.

It comprises 79 storage tanks with a total capacity of 7.94 million barrels, as well as nine vessel berths.

The terminal acts a hub for the importation, exportation and distribution of products such as petroleum and chemical blendstock, in addition to providing services for blending and heating.

The new service was launched in partnership with BW Pacific, Sinanju Marine Services and Unicore Fuel, and is reportedly set to expand to additional Vopak terminals across the country.