New Zealand’s port operator Ports of Auckland has, through its half-owned joint venture, signed a new long-term charter agreement with bunker provider Z Energy for the fuel bunkering vessel Awanuia.
Seafuels, a 50:50 joint venture between Ports of Auckland and PB Bunkers BVI Ltd, will continue to operate Awanuia, the only powered marine fuel oil vessel in New Zealand, for the next ten years.
Based in Auckland, the Awanuia collects marine fuel oils from the Marsden Point Refinery and refuels vessels in both Auckland and Marsden Point.
”Continuing the long-term charter with Z Energy is good news for the port, their customers and New Zealand. Awanuia is state-of-the-art and the only powered marine fuel oil vessel operating in New Zealand. It is a substantial asset for the sea trade in New Zealand” said Seafuels chairman Wayne Mills.
As the charter was announced, Z Energy also acknowledged Seafuels for reaching two years of operation with no lost time injuries incurred.
”Prioritising safety is critical to how we do business. Our staff and the Awanuia crew have worked very hard to achieve this milestone and I would like to congratulate them on their success,” said Mills.