Another Milestone: First Fuel Delivery via Ship

The fuel needs of İstanbul New Airport will be met by sea, instead of being delivered by land, saving costs and time, reducing traffic and environmental burdens, while at the same time increasing safety. The first test fuel shipment from the company Petrol Ofisi with a 63-thousand ton oiler took place in the fuel supply port of the airport, which is one of the few airports in the world that allows fuel supply via ships. If made by land, nearly 2,250 transportation vehicles would be necessary.

The vessel LR2 PIONEER, which has a fuel transportation capacity of 116,000 tons, docked at the İGA fuel supply port and transferred the fuel through 12 km-long pipelines to the fuel tanks located at İstanbul New Airport, which has a capacity twice that of other airports in Turkey. The tanks of the fuel supply port have an annual fuel intake capacity of nearly 6 million cubic meters. The port will perform refueling on a 24/7 basis.

“We forecast that we will need to initially provide 13,200 cubic meters of fuel daily,” says Kadri Samsunlu, Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of İGA Airport Operations. “The delivery of this fuel quantity by land would involve the use of 315 vehicles per day. Thanks to fuel supply by sea we are reducing the transportation cost to İstanbul New Airport by 41%.”