FSM to conduct trial run for self-service shed

Fuel Supplies Maldives (FSM) is preparing to conduct a trial run prior to the introduction of a self-service shed.

Speaking to AVAS, Managing Director of FSM, Mohamed Gasam said opening a self-service shed has been an aim of the company. The self-service sheds are being established jointly with the Thai manufacturer of the fuel dispensers used in the sheds.

Gasam said extensive changes to the current fuel sheds are not required to introduce the new service. However, there are delays in commencing service as arrangements are still being facilitated with the company's Thailand partner and the Bank of Maldives, said Gasam.

'With this service, the assistance of a staff is not required for a driver to refill their tanks and make payments - this will be done via the system. This is why we require BML's assistance, and this is what is ongoing now. As soon as the arrangements are made, we will begin trial runs within two weeks. If the trial runs are successful, we will officially begin service,' Gasam said.

Self-service sheds will first be introduced at the FSM Petrol Shed in Hulhumale'. In order to commence the service before the end of this year, FSM is bringing the required technical changes to the shed, as well as training staff.

'When we begin the service in Hulhumale', we will closely monitor how it is implemented. We will seek feedback from our customers to ensure it is a satisfactory service. If this service is easy and beneficial for us, we will continue the service,' Gasam said.

FSM is a subsidiary of state-owned State Trading Organization (STO). Currently, FSM provides fueling services from five petrol sheds in Male' City - four in Male' and one in Hulhumale'. The company also plays an important role in supplying fuel to resorts and islands.