Bunkering operations at Malta have been hampered by bad weather, sourcessaid Friday morning.
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"Most operations have stopped," a local supplier said. "A few largevessels have shelter now, but all operations are likely to be halted soon."
"There are some difficulties," a second supplier said. "the weather atMalta is not favorable at all."
The port authority was not available for comment.
According to the Met Office, winds speeds at Valetta were up to 32 mph,with gusts of up to 48 mph. Gusts of 48 mph are equivalent to around 37-38knots which, according to the Beaufort wind scale, is classified as a gale.
The Beaufort wind scale states that winds of this speed typically causemoderately high waves and break twigs off trees but do not cause anystructural damage.
Shipping sources also reported large swells at the port Thursday.
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