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October 05, 2015

Bomin Launches Physical Bunker Operations in Antwerp

The Bomin Group, a leading global physical supplier and trader of marine fuel oil, today announced that it is launching a physical operation in Antwerp, Belgium, called Bomin Belgium BVBA. The expansion significantly strengthens Bomin’s position in a critical European bunkering hub and is in line with the company’s ambitious plans for growth throughout 2015.

Bomin Belgium BVBA consists of a team of four people with significant bunkering experience and strong networks within the local market, providing customers with high quality, efficient and reliable physical bunker supply across key ports. 

As part of Bomin Belgium BVBA’s drive to ensure the transparency, accuracy and efficiency of its bunker supplies, the 2009-built bunker barge Vantage has been equipped with a mass flow meter. The vessel has a capacity of 3,500 metric tons, and fast pumping rates to drive speed of service and efficiencies in supply. Customers will have access to a full range of quality products, including IFO 380, ultra low sulphur fuel oil and DMA 0.1 percent, with physical deliveries available in Antwerp, Ghent, Zelzate, Flushing and Terneuzen. 

“Our focus is providing customers with the high quality services and products that Bomin is known for on a global basis,” said Leslie Willems, Managing Director, Bomin Belgium BVBA. “In today’s market, customers don’t just want assurance on the quality and quantity of products, that must be a given. They also want a first rate service that maximizes operational and cost efficiencies, as well as flexibility in the choice and breadth of products in line with their strategy for ECA compliance. This is what we provide, and it is also why we have invested in the installation of a mass flow meter to provide additional guarantees for the accuracy of supply.” continued Willems.

Commenting on the development, Jan Christensen, Regional Manager, Northwest Europe, said: “Antwerp is one of the major ports in the world, and it is critical that we have a strong physical presence here to support our customers and our global network. The launch of Bomin Belgium is a continuation of our strategy to expand and enhance our global physical operations, building closer relationships with our customers to offer real value in the bunkering process that goes beyond just the price of the product.” 

In addition to Antwerp, in 2015, Bomin Group has launched and expanded new physical and trading operations in Copenhagen, Far East Russia and Rostock.

The Bomin Group has been active in the bunker business for more than 35 years via its subsidiaries and is one of the world’s leading independent suppliers and traders of bunker oil. The business portfolio covers activities ranging from the supply of bunker fuels to lubricants and other services to the shipping industry. The company operates around the globe with a staff of more than 300 in 36 offices worldwide. Bomin is 100% owned by Mabanaft.

Mabanaft GmbH & Co. KG is the trading division of Marquard & Bahls, a Hamburg-based family-owned company that operates in the fields of energy supply, trading and logistics. Mabanaft’s business encompasses the import and wholesale of petroleum products. Furthermore, the company is active in bunker services, service stations, heating-oil retail, lubricants and biofuels.

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