The Euronav-owned ULCC Oceania—which has been loading up various fuel oil types offshore Malta since March this year—completed its latest ship-to-ship (STS) load from MR tanker Byzantion on 21-22 July.
The Byzantion loaded LSFO from Sarroch on 17 July, home to Italian refiner Saras’ 300,000 b/d plant.
Euronav has deployed the ULCC as floating storage to supply its fleet with low sulphur bunker fuel ahead of tightening specifications from 2020 onwards.
Since March, Oceania has received a range of products from origins including Antwerp, Genoa, Abidjan, Pascagoula and Haifa.
The tanker has loaded products such as very low-sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO), low sulphur straight run (LSSR), light cycle oils (LCO) and slurry.
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