Port will play a key role in Fujeirah economy

FUJEIRAH — Fourth International Bunkering and Fuel Oil conference concluded yesterday.

By Salah Al Dabarky

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Published: Thu 14 Apr 2005, 10:25 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 4:01 PM

The two-day conference was held under the patronage of His Highness Shaikh Hamad bin Mohammed Al Sharqi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Fujeirah, and discussed several paper works on bunkering and fuel oil industry.

The conference was inaugurated by Shaikh Hamad bin Seif Al Sharqi, Deputy Ruler of Fujeirah. Shaikh Saif bin Hamad bin Saif, chief of Fujeirah Free Zone Authority, and Dr Mohamed Saeed Al Kindi, Director of Fujeirah Ruler's Court also graced the occasion.

The first session held at Al Fujeirah Al Diar Siji Hotel. The participants discussed three paper works about the bunkering industry and the private contracts of bunkering. A private session also held on the sidelines of the conference to focus on the Fujeirah port role in supporting the bunkering industry.

The participants praised the role of Fujeirah port and said this conference will help the UAE and GCC countries to carry out the MARPOL agreement which aims at reduce marine pollution.

Two hundred international organisations have taken part in the activities of the conference and discussed the current development in bunkering industry, rising oil prices and its effect on fuel consumption.

Addressing the participants, Dr Mohamed Said AL Kindi, director of Fujeirah Ruler Court said that Fujeirah has got a port, which will be able to receive the ships' waste beside the oil tankers, which carried solid and liquid fuels.

He said Fujeirah bunkering port will play a vital role in supporting the economic of Fujeirah. Dr Al Kindi observed that Fujeirah bunkering port has grown up and increased to be more than one million tons of bunkering supplies monthly.

He added that floating storage capacity of the port has exceeded seven hundred thousand and forty thousand cubic metres. While the shore storage capacity exceeded 1.09 million cubic metres.

"We anticipate further improvement in capacity in near future," he added.

Talking about the importance of Fujeirah strategic location, he said it has enhanced the vitality of Fujeirah bunkering port. He maintained that the port will continue its projects, which aim at expanding its buildings for further 850 metres of dedicated oil tanker quay place. He revealed the participants that the expansion projects would be implemented within this year.

Dr Al Kindi also spoke about the endeavours of the emirate specially the efforts for drilling of oil and gas. He said Fujeirah emirate has signed agreement for drilling oil and gas.

Meanwhile, Fujeirah port has signed agreement with Dubai port in step aims at developing Fujeirah port capacity to be capable of receiving big containers.

The agreement will give a golden chance to Fujeirah port as a container port and the port can keep up with its growing aggregate export business.

Moreover, Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) took part in the conference and represented by Hussein Sultan Group Chief, and executive and board member of (ENOC).

Addressing the participants, Hussein Sultan said the conference offers an opportunity to the bunkering industry players to discuss the trends, regulations and difficulties which confronting the industry.

Sultan said ENOC was willing to participate in such conference. He added that we aim at making Fujeirah bunkering port as a main station for ENOC.

Talking about the mutual project between Abu Dhabi and Fujeirah, he said the idea is still under study and we hope to implement it in the near future.



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