Caltex Australia enters into bunkering
agreement with Korevaar Marine Group
August 26, 2009
Caltex Australia will enhance its large-scale marine bunkering
operations in Queensland after entering into an agreement with the
specialist barge operator, Korevaar Marine Group.
The long term agreement will see Korevaar's double-hulled
self-propelled barge Bunker V used by Caltex to refuel a varied
market of cruise ships, coastal traders and international cargo
vessels on the Brisbane River.
Caltex is the current market leader in bunker fuels in Brisbane,
being the principal supplier of fuel oil and diesel on the
Bunker V, which operates with a crew of four, is due to arrive in
Brisbane in December and will replace the dumb (non-motorised)
barge Riverside OFL and tug Mina Campbell which are being retired
by their operator after traversing the Brisbane River for
Bunker V is currently undergoing modifications to ensure it is
compliant with current MARPOL legislation for the prevention of
pollution at sea.
Caltex Senior Marine Adviser, Captain Phil Hickey, said the
agreement would ensure safe, reliable and efficient bunkering on
the Brisbane River for years to come.
"Our decision to enter into this agreement with Korevaar was due to
the operator's wealth of experience in marine operations, including
bunkering," Captain Hickey said.
"There is a strong focus on safety with stringent OH&S
protocols adhered to and best industry practice procedures used.
That includes an onboard cherry picker to enable safe access to
ships for the crew and swing hoses - a design unique to Korevaar
and purpose-built in Australia for Australian river
Some of Bunker V's features include:
• Steel construction with an aluminium bridge
• 50 metres in length with a beam (width) of 11 metres
• Double-bottomed and double-sided. The double-hull
construction features a void of 960mm between the hull and internal
• Eight heavy fuel tanks with a total capacity of 1.06 million
litres and two diesel tanks with a 190,000 litre capacity
• Bow thruster for manoeuvrability alongside vessels and at
• An onboard cherry picker for safe access to ships
• Heated heavy fuel oil tanks to maintain product temperature
for efficient pumping
• Individual cargo pumping capabilities for heavy fuel oil and
• A fully-loaded draft of three metres
• Purpose-built in Victoria for marine bunkering in 1999
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