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The General Authority for the Suez Canal economic Zone (SCZONE) has announced the completion of the first methanol bunkering operation in East Port Said.

The operation, which took nearly six hours, saw OCI Global-affiliated barge Lara S supply 500 tonnes of green methanol to Maersk’s new containership at the Suez Canal Container Terminal, the main operator of SCZONE’s East Port Said port in Egypt.

In a statement issued on its website on Friday (18 August), SCZONE said it: ‘plans to transform its ports into a regional hub for bunkering services with fossil or green fuels, in addition to its endeavour to localise the green fuel industry and the feeding and complementary industries to achieve an added value through its unique geographical location.’

As previously reported, OCI Global announced it had successfully completed ‘the world's first green methanol bunkering operation’ of the new Maersk vessel at the Port of Ulsan in South Korea in July. The vessel was subsequently bunkered through a ship-to-ship operation at the global marine fuel hub of Singapore later that month.

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