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Kerosene available, with a discount, it's possible… in Port-Victoria

Connection of the F44 device alongside the HMS Montrose (credit: Eunavfor)

Code name: F44. Objective: to enable rapid supply of military ships stopping in Seychelles. F44 is simply the NATO code for the kerosene fuel standard used for helicopters on board ships. A device of this type has just been installed in the Seychelles under the direction of Major George Wiseman, of the Royal Marines, and logistics expert for the European operation EUNAVFOR Atalanta.

All ships operating against piracy in the area will now have the opportunity to resupply at Port Victoria. This will avoid having to go through Djibouti which is still 1400 miles away (around 2300 km) or 4 days by boat, according to the European side. The first boat to refuel according to this new system was, on October 23, the HMS Montrose, a British ship operating under the NATO flag, followed 3 days later by the flagship of EUNAVFOR, the French De Grasse.

Last but not least… According to the agreement signed on October 15 between the Seychelles oil company (Sepec) and the Europeans, each ship reimburses the fuel drawn from its installations to EUNAVFOR. This benefits from a rebate of $25 per tonne, as well as coverage by Sepec of the commissioning costs. Not insignificant in these times. Conclusion if the pumps are blocked in France, go to the Seychelles…

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).