It was launched on December 6 and left for Mauritius from Turkey amidst a convoy on December 13 via Suez Canal, Red Sea and the Arabian Sea to avoid piracy area before anchoring at Port Louis harbour. Tristar Glory isequipped with anti-piracy protection and armed guards.
“The bunker barge, which will serve to supply vessels calling for bunkers or are unable to access the port will be subject to inspection from January 16 to 19 by Shell marine inspector G Moulinet, who is flying in from France,” said Kiran Juwaheer, CEO of Shell to The Independent. The inspection aims to attribute Shipping and Marine Standards to the barge.
The 59 metre long bunker, which will supply fuel oil and gas oil to vessels, will appropriate its stock from State Trading Corporation which imports fuel from Mangalore, India, revealed Maurice Lionnet, distribution manager at Shell.