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We have given attention to the energy security in November, 2017. It arose due to the rejection of substandard fuel vessel by Hon.Minister of Petroleum Resources Development Arjuna Ranatunga. All of us were eagerly waited for the fuel vessel named ‘Neveska Lady’.

On 08th of November, 2017, Aris tugboat which belong to the Ceylon Petroleum Corporation, started its voyage from Colombo port jetty at 10 pm. Chairman of Ceylon Petroleum Corporation Dammika Ranatunga, Managing Director of Ceylon Petroleum Storage Terminal Limited and the Manager (Operations of fuel vessels) Mr.Anurudda Ranasinghe were inspected the map and commanded their workers to be alert on the voyage of Neveska Lady which bought 40000 mt of fuel.

Everyone waited for Neveska Lady, after the rejection of substandard fuel vessel of IOC. The vessel was scheduled to reach to the Colombo on 2nd of November from United Arab Emirates. It was scheduled to leave from Jebel Ali port on 28th October. It will take 2 days to load the fuel to the vessel. Even the Neveska Lady was anchored on 26th November, they have delayed to load the fuel by 3 days which they have started to load the fuel on 28th November. It took Three days to load the fuel and it left the Jebel Ali port on 01st of December.


Generally, it takes around 6-7 days to reach a fuel vessel to Sri Lanka from United Arab Emirates. But it took around 8-9 days due to delay. The vessel had to wait for 10 hours for bunkering. Under the guidance of Subject Minister Hon. Arjuna Ranatunga, Chairman Mr.Dammika Ranatunga has appointed a special committee to monitor this incident. CPC has sent a group of officials to the Jebel Ali port to inspect the fuel samples. After the inspection, they have decided it meets all requirements. They monitored the Neveska Lady by satellite. As soon as Neveska Lady was anchored in the territorial waters at 11.40 pm, Inspection officials were checked the samples.

“Generally, we don’t carry inspection procedure at nights. But fuel is a national requirement, now. Officials of CPC were took part into this mission by heart. Chairman and the Managing Director were personally monitored this matter” said the Manager (Operations of fuel vessels) Mr.Anurudda Ranasinghe. After the inspection procedures went, Vessel started its voyage to Muthurajawela. It started pumping fuel around 7.30 early morning.

Current Local Fuel Prices





Petrol 92 Octane : Rs. 370.00 Per Litre

Petrol 95 Octane : Rs. 510.00 Per Litre

Auto Diesel : Rs. 405.00 Per Litre

Lanka Super Diesel : Rs. 510.00 Per Litre

Lanka Industrial Kerosene : 464.00

Kerosene : Rs 355.00 Per Litre


Source : Ceylon Petroleum Corporation