Bunkering refers to the process of supplying fuels to ships for their own use. It includes sales for the fuelling of commercial or private boats, such as pleasure crafts and ocean-going vessels, including vessels operated by oil companies.
Upon knowing a ship’s daily fuel consumption and voyage plan, the quantity of fuel required can be calculated and compared with the available bunker tank capacity. A requisition can then be placed to Petrojam Limited by the relevant ship personnel, after which the requisition will be processed and evaluated regarding the quality and quantity of fuel to be supplied for the particular ship.
Petrojam Limited benefits from the strategic location of Jamaica with respect to international shipping lanes, the Panama Canal, the US Gulf Coast, the US East Coast as well as its position as a major tourist destination in the Caribbean. In addition, Jamaica also holds a strong position with respect to the movement of container ships between the US, South America, Central America and the Panama Canal.
The products sold by Petrojam Limited as bunker fuels are:
- Marine Gas Oil (MGO)
- Intermediate Fuel Oil (IFO) of various grades: IFO 30 – IFO 380
These bunker fuels have various specifications. Petrojam Limited ensures that the quality of the products is in keeping with international marine fuels specifications. All products supplied in Petrojam Limited’s bunkering stations meet ISO 8217:2005 standards and are in compliance with MARPOL 73/78, Annex VI. The ISO 8217:2005 standard covers the product specifications of marine fuels and MARPOL 73/78, Annex VI covers the regulations for the prevention of air pollution from ships. When bunkered oil does not meet certain specifications, it may cause air pollution.
Planning by shipping personnel is done for the delivery of bunker at a particular port where the oil is available at a comparatively lesser cost. As such, Petrojam Limited’s bunker fuels are priced based on the company’s Marketing Unit: Bunker Sales Pricing Strategy which is based on competitive pricing – that is, setting a price in comparison with the competition. These price indications are submitted to the Ship & Bunker website http://shipandbunker.com/prices for publication and are shown daily on that site along with those of other Caribbean & Latin American ports. These prices will be posted on the revamped Petrojam website, www.petrojam.com in the future.
The bunkering of ocean-going vessels includes several processes involving the abovementioned personnel. Firstly, prior to bunkering, the vessel’s shipping personnel must determine the required fuel type, quality, and quantity of fuel. These details, in addition to the name of the vessel to be bunkered and the port, are sent to Petrojam Limited’s Logistics and Marketing personnel to ensure product availability for the vessel, and to save time since shipping personnel pay high rates for using port facilities based on the time spent for refuelling. Shipping personnel will also need to supply information regarding the time that the bunker will be required and the account to be billed for the transaction.
During port-side bunkering operations, it is essential that measures are taken to avoid spillage as they may create fire hazards or pollute harbours, ports or surrounding areas. Safety is, therefore, of utmost importance throughout the bunkering process. Personnel should be posted at different positions, such as the fuel tank to keep checking the fuel level, inlet valve in case of emergency shutoff and other designated areas of the vessel.
Logistics & Operations
Marine operations are managed and coordinated by Petrojam's logistics team.
The bunker fuels supplied by Petrojam to vessels is competitively priced, is of a very high quality, and complies with current ISO 8217:2005 standards and are in compliance with Marpol 73/78, Annex VI.
In 2005, Petrojam entered into a Fuel Supply Agreement with Aegean Marine Petroleum, in which IFO 380 and MGO are supplied to their bunker vessels, enabling the offshore bunkering of vessels passing the Port of Kingston. This arrangement allows Aegean to market bunker fuel to vessels in the Kingston Harbour as well as off shore. The agreement precluded the sale of bunker fuel by Petrojam within the Kingston Harbour. Other players have since entered the market and are being supplied by Petrojam.
The increase in Jamaica's cruise shipping business and with the current expansion and development of the Port of Kingston as a world class facility and a key transshipment location for hemispheric trade, Petrojam can now benefit from the prime opportunity for expansion of bunker activity, as well as export sales in marine products and services. In addition, the widening of the Panama Canal which is scheduled to be completed in 2014 will open up additional opportunities for bunkering for Petrojam.
|Marketing & Consumer Service Personnel|
|Hugh C. Hines
Marketing and Customer Service
923-8611-5 Ext. 3340 (switchboard)
919-3414 / 809-7478 (mobile)
|Cecelia E. Roberts
923-8611-5 Ext 3341 (switchboard)
Marketing Operations Coordinator
923-8611-5 Ext 3343 (switchboard)
923-8611-5 Ext 3342 (switchboard)
923-8611-5 Ext 3347 (switchboard)
Snr. Supervisor Terminal Operations
923-8611-5 Ext. 2214
Loading Rack Supervisor
923-8611-5 Ext. 2312 / 2313
|Donn Griffiths - Refinery Coordinator
923-8611-5 Ext 2208 (switchboard)
|Shift Supervisor's Office
923-8611-5 Ext. 2292