Bharat Petroleum says it exported its first parcel of IMO 2020-compliant very low sulphur fuel oil from Kochi to Singapore on 7 February.
The shipment to Singapore (15 TMT) was undertaken by the tanker MT Alnic MC.
Commenting on the country’s ‘first’ for VLSFO supply, P Murali Madhavan, Executive Director of Kochi Refinery, said: ‘VLSFO is an IMO 2020 compliant marine fuel and in view of emerging market for VLSFO, Kochi Refinery started production from December 2019. We also started supplying VLSFO to the tankers calling at Kochi from then.
‘Now that the global demand is increasing, we have entered into exports of VLSFO, after saturating indigenous demands. The first export that was flagged off from Kochi also marks the first export from the country by any oil marketing company in India.’