Gafung Petroleum, Bintulu Port ink MoA on ship bunkering service


Medan (fourth right) exchanges the signed MoA with Tang while Naroden (fifth right), Khalid (sixth right) and others look on. — Photo by Chimon Upon

KUCHING: Gafung Petroleum (M) Sdn Bhd and Bintulu Port Sdn Bhd yesterday signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) on ship bunkering service.

Present to witness the event were Assistant Minister of Entrepreneur, Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Development Datuk Naroden Majais and Gafung Petroleum (M) Sdn Bhd chairman Dato Sri Mohamed Khalid Yusuf.

Signing on the behalf of Gafung Petroleum (M) Sdn Bhd were its managing director Tang Kuok Sing and project manager Zainin Abd Majid while signing on behalf of Bintulu Port Holdings Berhad were its group chief executive officer Datuk Mohammad Medan Abdullah and Bintulu Port Sdn Bhd chief operating officer Omar Salleh.

Khalid said the MoA was indeed a giant leap forward for their company and they are very excited to start operations as soon as practical and look forward to working closely with staff of Bintulu Port Sdn Bhd to ensure their customers get the best service and value for money and that their symbiotic business relationship will yield reasonable profits for both parties.

He said to ensure business sustainability, Gafung places great importance on the safety of its operations as well as the health of its staff by minimising exposures to hazardous chemicals and providing protective gear.

“We are also conscious of our government’s environmental policies and committed to take all necessary actions to ensure that our operations will not in any way adversely affect the environment, and to prevent pollution.

“With proper standard operating procedures in place we are also committed to be fully compliant with the rules and regulations related to fuel bunkering industry.

“We believe voluntary compliance will help us assure the enforcement authorities on the legality of our operations, thereby reducing unnecessary delays and minimise vessels turnaround time,” he said.

Gafung Petroleum (M) Sdn Bhd, a full Sarawakian registered company, was established in 2007.

It owns assets of 16 road tankers and 16 oil tanker ships ranging from 300 DWT to 3200 DWT and has 12 years of experience in supplying marine bunker products such as marine gas oil, fuel oil, diesel and lubricants offshore and onshore in the region. The company is also registered as a petroleum dealer with Petronas, helping them to distribute fuel in port and at off port limit (OPL).

Currently, Gafung Petroleum is working together with various government agencies to supply their fuel provisions.

The company has grown from strength to strength in the Malaysian bunker business and is rapidly expanding across the region and internationally. Gafung Petroleum is successful in its global expansion for managing and operating petrol stations and providing petroleum supply through tanker truck deliveries in urban areas for the local community in Timor-Leste, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, and soon in the Philippines.

Gafung Petroleum has been an established company with an outstanding track record throughout its operational years. It has been offering the best marine fuel quality and service to vessels that are in port or at sea, and also to customers in remote locations inland. Its fleet of bunkering tankers and tanker trucks gives them a tremendous advantage over its competitors. Due to their expertise in quality control and management systems, accompanied by the unswerving commitment and dedication of its employees, Gafung Petroleum is renowned for ensuring customer satisfaction.

Gafung Petroleum provides an efficient and economical bunker service based on its customers’ requests for marine fuel oil and marine gas oil. All its products are sourced from major oil companies and over the years, Gafung Petroleum has established a reputation for timely delivery of high-quality products that meet high standards and comply with regulations.

Bintulu Port has grown and expanded into the third largest port in Malaysia with almost 7,000 vessel traffic every year. It has been the main gateway for most of the importation and exportation activities in Sarawak.

Medan said possessing the strategic advantage of being situated along the busy Intra Asia trade routes as well as being in close proximity with oil and gas exploration, drilling and production activities offshore Sarawak, the Group believes that the introduction of fuel bunker services via ship-to-ship operations within its port limits will provide the much needed solution to these vessels’ fuel requirements and ultimately help shorten their vessel voyage and turnaround time, thereby contributing to higher productivity and efficiency.

“With Gafung Petroleum’s extensive experience in providing bunker services as well as presence at various locations particularly Sarawak, we are confident that the appointment of Gafung Petroleum as a fuel bunker service provider at Bintulu Port water limits will elevate Bintulu Port’s name onto the bunkering map.

“We welcome this local company to be one of our service providers in our port related operations,” he said.