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Fujairah opens $175m supertanker berth

Port launches UAE’s first VLCC jetty, boosting operations at world’s second-largest bunkering hub

Fujairah opens $175m supertanker berth
Sheikh Hamad bin Mohammed al-Sharqi cuts a symbolic ribbon during the inauguration ceremony of a dock for supertankers at the oil terminal of Fujairah on September 21, 2016. (Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)

Fujairah opened the UAE’s first supertanker jetty yesterday, bolstering operations at the world’s second-largest bunkering hub.

The $175 million very large crude carrier (VLCC) jetty can accommodate the largest supertankers, and is able to load or discharge two million barrels of crude within a 24-hour period.

“The Port of Fujairah’s launch of the first VLCC Berth on the Indian Ocean is integral to supporting the UAE’s energy demands and keeping pace with what is an intensely competitive sector,” said Sheikh Saleh Bin Mohammed Bin Hamad Al Sharqi, the port’s chairman, said in a press statement.

The jetty was built on over 10 million square metres of reclaimed land.

Fujairah’s port already has 338 storage tanks, providing nearly 10 million cubic metres of space. It handled 2,230 vessels last year, with total throughput of 56 million tonnes.

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