Peel Ports Group (PPG) has announced it is launching a new ship-to-ship (STS) fuel transfer service on the River Mersey in partnership with Stanlow Terminals Ltd.
The STS Transfers will enable larger ships to transport products directly from Tranmere to a wide range of international destinations.
The new service will significantly save time and lower costs, allowing the import and export of much larger cargos than previously possible.
Previously larger cargos would be transhipped to and from larger vessels by smaller vessels based at European ports such as Rotterdam, subsequently adding costs and time to the import and export process. The new Tranmere STS Service will remove these requirements, helping reduce delivery times.
Tranmere Terminals has now successfully completed STS transfers which took place this summer and involved three successful transfers. Overall the new STS Service has the capacity to transfer up to 160,000 tonnes of fuel each month.
This innovative new service has been delivered by a partnership of several organisations including; STS Marine Solutions Ltd, Royal HaskoningDHV, Carmet Tugs, Briggs Marine, Liverpool Pilots and Svitzer Towage.
The new STS operation allows the flexibility of debottlenecking the product offering for customers as all products, including Bio Fuels can now be imported or exported. (Previously this was only capable from Stanlow).
Stanlow Terminals is continuously upgrading their facilities through the continued advancement of Tranmere terminal, which also allows customers to unlock spare jetty capacity and increase their capabilities in accessing Stanlow Terminals deep water facility.
Michael Gaynon, Chief Executive at Stanlow Terminals Ltd said: “We are delighted to welcome this new service, not only will it enable greater fuel loads to be imported and exported from Tranmere, but will also significantly expand options and opportunities for our customers.
Phil Hall, Port Director Mersey Division at Peel Ports Group said: “Providing STS transfers on the Mersey will bring about numerous benefits, not least attracting business into the local area as more transfers are carried out on a regular basis helping save emissions, costs and time.”