NFC & Shell ink the deal for Bunker Supply & Delivery
Mar 29, 2017
Muscat, Sultanate of Oman- National Ferries Company SAOC and Shell Oman Marketing Company SAOG have entered into an agreement for supply and delivery of Marine Gas Oil to NFC’s fleet of vessels at all the ports in which NFC currently operates in the Sultanate of Oman. The bunkering agreement between Shell Oman and NFC is for a period of 3 years.
Commenting on this agreement, Mehdi Al Abduwani, Chief Executive Officer at NFC, said: “We are delighted to ink the agreement with Shell Oman to replenish with bunkers to our fleet vessels at all Oman ports”. We are proud to be the unique operator of State-of-the-art High Speed Crafts and ROPAX vessels in the region.
NFC with 8 vessels in their current fleet of vessels, is expected to serve more than 12 routes (current & prospective) locally and regionally with High Speed Crafts and ROPAX vessels. It is expected that additional vessels will be inducted to the fleet in line with NFC’s strategic objectives and Vision.
National Ferries Company S.A.O.C is a State-owned, National Carrier for Maritime Trade offering Passengers, Vehicles and Cargo transportation services between various Omani Ports. NFC is a significant contributor to the Trade, Tourism, Maritime Transport & related Infrastructure development in the Sultanate of Oman. The exceptional challenges of the long coastline of the Sultanate, which is about 3,165 km long, makes the ferry service a necessity for the citizens & visitors alike as it provides vital links between ports and save travelling time.
NFC currently offers scheduled services between Muscat – Khasab, Shinas – Khasab, Khasab – Lima, Shinas – Dibba, Khasab – Dibba, Shinas – Lima, Lima - Dibba and Shannah – Masirah Island. NFC also operates regionally between Khasab – Qeshm Island, Khasab – Bandar Abbas in the Straits of Hormuz and Muscat - Chabahar.
Mohammed Mahmood Al Balushi, Chief Executive Officer at Shell Oman, commented: “Shell Oman has a proven track record of successfully developing and running bunker operations in major ports in the Sultanate. Therefore, we are looking forward to working closely with our strategic stakeholders at NFC to provide world class global fuel technology and innovative practices that will provide value for their operations. The Sultanate is poised in the coming years to transform into a regional hub, attracting large investments and projects especially in tourism and logistics sectors, and contributing towards the diversification of Oman’s economy and enhancing its global competitiveness. We are committed to playing a crucial role in the attainment of this vision by delivering quality and operational excellence to our customers, like NFC, in Oman”.
Shell Oman has decades of experience in the marine fuel market, with a supply network that covers many of the key bunkering locations in the world. The Company works to apply the highest standards of safety and operational integrity across the full range of its operations.
Shell Oman is a publicly listed company on the Muscat Securities Market with an Omanization percentage of approximately 90%, delivering world-class quality of global fuel technology and operational excellence in retail, commercial, lubricants marine and aviation businesses in Oman while creating in-country value and sharing benefits with the local communities in which the Company operates.