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Strong winds cause concern for West Med weekend bunker operations

Strong winds forecast in the West Mediterranean and the subsequent high swells are causing concern for West Mediterranean bunker operations over the weekend, sources said Friday.

“Weather issues are being forecast for Gibraltar, Algeciras and Ceuta over the weekend,” a buyer at the ports said.
A local supplier at the Mediterranean bunkering hub of Gibraltar said Friday afternoon that while there is wind expected they were not advising customers of the issue as they did not believe that operations would be affected at the ports of Gibraltar and Algeciras.

Operations “may be affected at Ceuta — Ceuta is more exposed while inside the Bay [of Gibraltar the winds] should not be a problem,” the supplier said.

A second supplier at the port of Gibraltar added that the weather there had been “unseasonably good.”

A trader in the West Mediterranean region added that poor weather was also expected in Malta over the weekend. This expectation was supported by the second supplier.

“High swells are expected which will not be ideal for bunkering,” a local supplier at the port said Friday afternoon, adding that gale force winds are also expected.

Bunkering operations were running as normal Friday in Malta and the supplier added that the weather was expected to calm by midday Tuesday.
Source: Platts

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