GLENCORE subsidiary Chemoil commenced physical bunker fuel supply operations from the Port of Brisbane in Queensland.

From 23 June, Chemoil deployed a bunker barge – Valiant III – capable of supplying both marine fuel oil and marine gas oil, to support its operations and offer bunkering via barge in the port, the company said.

Chemoil has signed a long term terminal storage agreement with GrainCorp.

United Maritime Australia are undertaking the barging operations.

Glencore manager of oil business in Australia Brett Crawford said so far things are going well for Chemoil’s operations.

“We see a lot of potential in the east coast marine fuels market and the combination of our global network and marketing expertise allows us to efficiently and competitively source, ship, store, blend and deliver a broad range of fuels for our customers,” Mr Crawford said.

“The addition of the Port of Brisbane will further strengthen Chemoil’s supply network throughout Australasia and is another important strategic step for us as we expand our offering to ship owners, cruise lines, brokers and agents,” he added.

Established in 1981, Chemoil is a leading fuel suppliers (diesel and marine fuels) to industrial customers across the sea, air and land sectors.