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Petrotan Oil B.V. is an oil storage company which manages over one million cubic meters of storage capacity in Europe and China Ports. The company was established in 2009 and has more than 10 years' experience in the midstream oil market.

Petrotan Oil B.V. has a wide international contact network and our core business model is to provide modern and creative solutions to both oil traders and oil manufacturers users as well as infrastructure investors. Petrotan Oil B.V. has developed a unique business model which maximises the revenue potential for the storage owner whilst maintaining full transparency.

The success of this model has resulted in Petrotan Oil B.V. storage portfolio growing by more than 1 million cubic meters in the last five years. Through a partnership with Chinese and Russian entrepreneurs, Petrotan Oil B.V. has recently developed a storage business in Rotterdam. Through it´s exclusive partnership with the terminal owners we have access to storage capacity for light and dark oil products.

Petrotan Oil B.V. also provides technical and commercial consultancy services and brokerage services to a wide range of market participants e.g. oil traders, investment banks, infrastructure funds, port authorities, terminal owners, oil companies and international and Bio fuel companies. We seek out storage capacity in challenging areas and help companies compare offerings and assist with both technical evaluation and assist and support in the negotiation of the contract. We assist and support companies strategically review their storage and inventory needs and redevelop their storage strategies. We provide advisory and project management on terminal expansions and technical modifications and we assist with marketing of storage capacity for both owners and the sublesse as well as reserve the suitable storage capacity at the given time.



Bunkering seagoing vessels

The bunker ports of choice for global shipping

Each year, about 14 million tonnes of fuel oil, 400,000 tonnes of marine gasoil and 135,000 tonnes of lubrication oil are bunkered by seagoing ships in Rotterdam and Amsterdam. Yet, this is more than just a reflection of the ports’ size and traffic, but a choice which shipowners often make even when their ship's European rotation includes a range of other ports.

Rotterdam and Amsterdam have become bunker ports of choice for a number of reasons, not least that of price. Rotterdam prides itself on offering the lowest bunker prices in the world, both for fuel oil and marine gasoil, and remains firmly anchored in its position among the word's top three bunkering ports. Many container ships plan their refuelling in Rotterdam for their entire Europe-Asia-Europe round trip.


Unique propositions
The Dutch ports' unmatched bunkering position stems from and is supported by a unique combination of factors, in which Rotterdam in particular is a world leader.

  • A virtually endless supply of fuel oil, gasoil and lubricants – any grade of all three products – thanks to Rotterdam's complex of refineries, the largest in the world.
  • Established additional overseas imports, including fuel oil from Russia.  Product quality constantly monitored for compliance with the highest standards.
  • Abundant tank storage capacity, with oil majors and independent storage terminals operating their own facilities at both Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
  • An extensive, versatile and sophisticated bunker industry, including more than twenty independent private suppliers – twelve in Rotterdam alone. This has created a highly competitive local market which guarantees both price and service.
  • Trained staff manning a new, modern fleet, boasting the world’s most advanced double-hull tankers, ensuring both safe and speedy operation.
  • The possibility of bunkering during cargo operation almost anywhere, and even dedicated public deep water board/board mooring facilities (Rotterdam).


The Dutch ports offer the best bunker prices worldwide, thanks to the combination of the above factors, plus the sheer volume of bunker sales at these two Dutch ports. The Dutch association of independent fuel suppliers, includes the majority of Holland’s independent, private-sector bunker suppliers. The organisation speaks for members' interests, but also polices members' adherence to agreed quality benchmarks, keeping the sector clean and keeping the sector ahead of its competition.