Arkas Bunkering has signed the protocol with Sumitomo Corporation and preparations are said to be already underway to offer LNG bunkers.
Turkish and nearby seas are among the biggest bunker supply centres for the maritime traffic through the eastern Mediterranean Sea with bunker volumes totalling some 2.8 million tons per year.
Arkas Bunkering and Sumitomo Corporation say that the new agreement will focus on a distribution network and infrastructure, and the initiative will see ship-to-ship bunkering take place for the first time in Turkey.
Speaking at a signing ceremony in Izmir on 16 October, Arkas Holding President Lucien Arkas said: ‘We invest for the future in our fields of operations and make accurate projections, both of which add value not only to our company but also to our nation and clients. The importance of sustainability is becoming even more evident day by day, and using alternative fuels takes the lead as a measure in environmental preservation.
‘Alternative fuels will be introduced for compliance with the new regulations. And we, the supplier of one-thirds of every vessel refuelling in Turkey, are initiating our LNG sales in partnership with Sumitomo Corporation, the Japanese expert of the field.’
Sumitomo Corporation General Manager of Oil, LPG, Offshore Business Department, Mr. Shu Nakamura also spoke at the ceremony and noted: ‘We are excited to conduct the protocol with Arkas Bunkering as it is an important step to supply LNG as an alternative marine fuel in Turkey and the surrounding seas. Now, we are developing ship-To-ship LNG bunkering Supply in Tokyo Bay, Japan, and believe our knowledge at Tokyo bay will contribute to business development in Turkey.
‘Through the collaboration with Arkas Bunkering, we are hoping to turn Turkey into a major LNG bunkering hub in East- Mediterranean Sea. We are committed to encourage greater use of LNG as a marine fuel across the globe and to achieve sustained growth in harmony with the global environment.’