Batpetrol Provides Bunkering Services to NATO Vessels In Georgia

“Batpetrol LLC – Marine fuels and Lubricants supplier, continues providing local bunkering services to navy ships calling Georgian seaports” – says Anri Gogitidze, managing partner of Batpetrol LLC in Batumi, Georgia.

Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group two vessels, consisting of the Turkish navy Flagship TCG Edremit, Romanian navy ships ROS Regele Ferdinand, ROS Lt Lupu Dinescu, and Bulgarian navy ship BGS Shkval arrived to Georgian seaport Batumi, to participate in various Passing Exercises along with members of the Georgian Coast Guard, and will remain till November 6, 2017. Vessels entered the Georgian territorial waters within scheduled port visit. #NATOPortVisitinGEO2017

This port visit is a visible demonstration of NATO’s continued commitment to Georgia, as part of the Partnership Interoperability Initiative. Georgia is one of five nations to which NATO offers enhanced opportunities for cooperation in recognition of their significant operational contributions to NATO.

“Bunker delivery to vessels was organized in a most efficient and professional manner, concentrating on time saving, using special equipment for quick discharge of trucks, for convenience of ship’s crew. Generally, physical bunker supply by tankers is not available in Georgian ports from beginning of 2013. Vessels arriving to Georgian ports are supplied with Euro 5 quality Gasoil (max 10ppm sulphur ULSD – Diesel) by tank trucks only at the moment”, Says Anri Gogitidze – Managing Partner of Batpetrol LLC.

There are about 2000 port calls annually in Georgia. Batumi, Poti handle both dry bulk, containers, cruise, and oil tankers while Supsa and Kulevi are mainly designated for handling oil tankers. In the nearest future 5th deep seaport in Anaklia will be developed, construction of which is due to commence third decade of December 2017. Anaklia is naturally deep sea port and sits as shortest transshipment location between China and Europe.

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