Omani Port Adds Bunkering Services

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The Omani port of Sohar, located outside the strategic Strait of Hormuz shipping lane, is set to launch bunkering services next month to meet rising demand from vessels for offshore refueling. Sohar Port and Freezone said it signed an agreement with Muscat-based Hormuz Marine to provide round-the-clock bunkering services from mid-September. Hormuz Marine will provide and operate a tanker capable of delivering several grades of marine fuel, including very-low-sulfur fuel oil and heavy fuel oil, to visiting vessels every day of the week. Sohar port is located northwest of Oman's capital Muscat on the Gulf of Oman and about 100 km south of the United Arab Emirates' port of Fujairah, one of the world's largest bunkering hubs. Shipping traffic in the region has been caught up in rising tensions between Iran and Israel over the past year, with several attacks on tankers attributed to either side (IOD Aug.4'21).

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