Viva Energy successfully refuelled the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ship, HMAS Parramatta, at the Gore Bay Terminal in Sydney Harbour last week. The refuelling marked another significant milestone in Viva's strategic partnership with the ADF, and follows the successful refuelling of fleet replenishment oiler HMAS Sirius at Gore Bay Terminal in March 2017.
Currently, fuel is transported on a barge from Gore Bay Terminal to RAN vessels docked at Fleet Base East (Garden Island). Viva Energy’s strategic account manager for Defence, Richard Xin, said that proving Viva's capability to refuel a variety of Naval vessels directly from Gore Bay gives the ADF options for their supply chain and strengthens fuel supply security.
“We continue to work very closely with the ADF to explore a variety of options to strengthen their fuel supply chain, and this trial exemplifies our innovative approach to the needs of this key customer.”
Director General Fuel Services, Air Commodore Stephen Winterton CSC said, "It is critical for the Australian Defence Force to have strong partnerships with industry. This refuelling further demonstrates that Viva Energy can deliver a safe, reliable and innovative fuel supply chain for us.”
The Gore Bay Terminal has been operating as a fuel import and storage facility since 1901, and is a critical part of the fuel supply chain in New South Wales.