By Steve Thomas
Observer Nevis Editor
(Charlestown, Nevis) – Heavy seas last week meant bad news for one gasoline company and bragging rights for another.
On March 20, high waves prevented the offloading of gasoline from the Seabridge vessels for Sol Petroleum dealers, formerly known as Shell.
Although a Sol official, who declined to give his name, would not confirm or deny that any of the Nevis stations ran out of gasoline, he did say the weather prevented fuel deliveries to Nevis that Thursday.
“We were ready to go and the weather (prevented us from docking),” he said. “We rectified that when the conditions improved. We worked Friday, Saturday and Sunday.”
The owners of the Nevis Sol outlets confirmed they did run out of gas on Thursday, but were re-supplied and selling on Saturday.
“It was tough,” Larrington Powell, owner of Powell’s Gas Station said.
A spokesman for Reliable Motors, which also handles Sol gas, said the outlet ran out at mid-day Thursday. On Saturday, they were selling gasoline again.
For Delta Petroleum, it was a different story, according Sharon Hobson, the company manager for Nevis.
“We had gas, but the other company was out of gas,” she said. “We worked Friday and Saturday to make sure deliveries were fulfilled.”
The reason Delta could keep their stations supplied is because the company has a Nevis storage facility and doesn’t have to depend constant deliveries.
“We have a large depot,” Ms. Hobson said. “We can supply Nevis alone.”