GAC Launches Bunkering and Agency Operation in Namibia

by Ship & Bunker News Team
Wednesday June 1, 2016

The Gulf Agency Company Ltd. (GAC) Wednesday announced the launch of GAC Shipping (Namibia) (Pty) Ltd (GAC Namibia), a new operation in Namibia intended to provide bunker fuel supplies, offshore support, dry-docking, project logistics and husbandry, and lay-up and warm stacking support for a wide variety of vessel types.

Effective June 1, the company says it will be providing its ship agency services from its central office close to Walvis Bay port to vessels calling at the country's ports.

While GAC has worked with a sub-agent in Namibia for the past 15 years, the company says it made the decision to expand in the context of increased demand from its oil and gas customers and a growing cargo trade between Namibia, South Africa, and other African nations.

Eric Barnard, Managing Director at GAC Shipping SA (Pty) Ltd, said GAC's new office will provide clients with peace of mind in dealing directly with the GAC Group.

"GAC Namibia is also supported by a dynamic team in South Africa, with vast knowledge of the local industry and the necessary experience to represent our clients and take care of all their requirements in Namibia," added Barnard.

The new Namibian office is said to represent the latest step in GAC's African expansion efforts, with the group currently represented by a network of its own offices and agents in nearly 40 other countries on the continent.

In March, GAC announced that, amid low petroleum prices and a resulting growing demand from the oil and gas sector, GAC South Africa would begin offering lay-up and warm stacking services at South African and Namibian ports.