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Bunkering operations at Malta hampered due to bad weather: sources

London (Platts)--29 Dec 2017 651 am EST/1151 GMT


Bunkering operations at Malta have been hampered by bad weather, sources said Friday morning.

"Most operations have stopped," a local supplier said. "A few large vessels have shelter now, but all operations are likely to be halted soon."

"There are some difficulties," a second supplier said. "the weather at Malta is not favorable at all."

The port authority was not available for comment.

According to the Met Office, winds speeds at Valetta were up to 32 mph, with gusts of up to 48 mph. Gusts of 48 mph are equivalent to around 37-38 knots which, according to the Beaufort wind scale, is classified as a gale.

The Beaufort wind scale states that winds of this speed typically cause moderately high waves and break twigs off trees but do not cause any structural damage.

Shipping sources also reported large swells at the port Thursday.

--Emma Kettley, emma.kettley@spglobal.com

--Edited by Dan Lalor, daniel.lalor@spglobal.com




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