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Published on December 1st, 2014 | by Administrator


Gibraltar port bunkering expert seconded to Mauritius

Gibraltar’s Bunkering Superintendent John Ghio has recently been seconded by the
Gibraltar Port Authority to act as a consultant for the developing bunker industry in
the island nation of Mauritius.

The request to the local authority came from the State Trading Corporation of
Mauritius, a government owned entity which regulates all trading activities in the

The STCM expressed an interest in contracting Mr Ghio’s services to examine and
advise how best to develop the industry and in particular the underlying regulatory
framework and operational controls for bunkering in Mauritius.

The Government of Mauritius, through STC have been very keen to develop their
excellent relations with Gibraltar, by drawing from the Rock’s experience in this field
and applying the excellent regulatory framework and enforcement mechanisms
already in place locally, which is widely acknowledged to be at the forefront of
regulations in this field.

Minister for Tourism, Commercial Affairs, Public Transport and the Port Neil Costa
MP said: “The Government of Gibraltar were delighted to accept this request, as this
initiative once again highlights the reputation and standing of Gibraltar as one of the
biggest bunkering ports in the Mediterranean, and recognises the industry leading
standards which we have in place.”

The secondment will also serve to enhance the knowledge and experience of the
Gibraltar Port Authority, as it will provide Mr Ghio an opportunity to study the bunker
industry in a different context, as an external observer in a friendly country, and
analysing the challenges faced by this industry and in particular the regulators of this
industry in other locations.

As part of the fact-finding visit, Mr Ghio held meetings with the Honourable Cader
Sayed-Hossen, Minister of Industry Commerce and Consumer Protection, the
Mauritius Port Authority, The Ministry for the Environment, Coast Guard, and various
other stakeholders.

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