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Ports of Auckland's Waitematā seaport is home to the state-of-the-art bunker barge the Awanuia, which has been built to comply with all international standards and designed to minimise marine pollution.

Owned by Seafuel​s, a refuelling vessel service for cruise, commercial and container ships, the Awanuia is chartered to Z Energy to provide safe bunkering services to vessels calling Ports of Auckland.

In 2015, Ports of Auckland welcomed a 10-year charter between Seafuels and Z Energy. The long-term partnership provides certainty of fuel supply for ships calling Auckland, which is essential to the continued success of the port and crucial to meeting Auckland's growing freight demand. Also in 2015, Z Energy acknowledged Seafuels for reaching two years of operation with no lost-time injuries incurred.

The Awanuia collects 380cst and MGO from the Marsden Point Oil Refinery through a purpose-built berth, transfering it directly into  ships at their berths at the Waitematā seaport or at a nearby Auckland anchorage.

​Technical Details


Double hulled configuration for safetyMore flexibility in meeting demand, particularly during peak season
Bow and stern thrusters for additional manoeuvrabilityNo delays waiting for bunker points to become available
Carries up to 2,900MT of 380cst heavy fuel oil and 600MT of marine gas oilProducts can be bunkered simultaneously
Length 79.9 metres, breadth 15 metres, moulded depth 8.0 metresBunker in parallel while loading/unloading cargo
Nominal pump rates of 400t per hour, per pump for 380cst and up to 750mt per hour capabilityNo tug services required to move vessels to bunker points
Flag: New ZealandNo delays waiting for separate truck delivery
Added flexibility to bunker under anchorage (anchorage fees apply)

For all enquiries about the Awanuia bunkering service and fuel pricing, please contact:

Rod Meehan
Marine Co-ordinator
Z Energy
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 0800-474-355 and select option 2 and then option 3.