• 2017 March 19 13:39

    IBIA welcomes MPA’s efforts to ensure integrity of MFM systems

    The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) welcomes the efforts of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) to ensure the integrity of the mass flow meter (MFM) systems that are mandatory for supply of marine fuel oil (MFO) in the port.

    News emerged this week that the MPA has temporarily suspended the harbour craft licences of five bunker tankers operated by Panoil Petroleum Pte Ltd. while investigating irregularities found on their piping fixtures.

    An MPA spokesman told IBIA that the authority conducts regular spot checks on bunker tankers. “MPA will continue with our checks on bunker tankers to ensure compliance to the requirements set out in the Technical Reference for Bunker Mass Flow Metering (TR48).”

    Since the start of the year, only bunker barges with MPA approved MFM systems are allowed to supply MFO to ships taking bunkers in the port. The MPA has emphasised that the technology will enhance efficiency compared to bunker deliveries using manual methods for measuring delivered quantity.

    Equally important, however, is that requiring barges to use tamper-proof, MPA-approved MFM systems should enhance transparency of the bunkering process, providing accurate and reliable measurements of delivered quantity.

    Bunker sales in Singapore totalled 4.46 million metric tonnes in January 2017, the highest ever for any month, according to MPA data. Sales for the first two months of 2017 are up 8% year-on-year, which may indicate that buyers find the MFM mandate reassuring.

    IBIA believes that Singapore’s mandatory MFM requirement will help create a level playing field in the port, as it should reduce the risk of quantity-related malpractices.

    But for the regulation to be effective, it must also be effectively enforced, and that includes monitoring and taking action against any attempt to circumvent it. It is reassuring that the MPA is keeping a close eye on barges to ensure the integrity of MFM systems isn’t undermined.

    MPA says it will not hesitate to take action against any bunkering malpractices in the port of Singapore, and any licensee found to have contravened any terms and conditions of the licence will have their licence either suspended or cancelled.

    Although the Singapore requirement means the MFM volume reading is binding, bunker surveyors still have a role to play. They can help ship operators ensure all the relevant checks are performed when receiving bunkers via MFM approved barges, and help document any potential irregularities that may compromise the integrity of the MFM system. IBIA has developed a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to help bunker surveyors identify their responsibilities when overseeing bunker deliveries involving MFMs in Singapore, and IBIA’s Singapore branch provides relevant training courses for surveyors.

    The SOP is an example of IBIA’s ongoing efforts to work with all parts of the bunker supply chain to encourage best practices and raise industry standards.


2017 July 21

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11:19 In HI’2017 TransContainer transported 869,000 TEUs, up 18.7% Y-o-Y
10:58 Academic Pashin tanker underwent inclining experiment at Nevsky Shipyard
10:23 First Damen dredger for Australia TSHD 650 en route to Gippsland Ports
10:16 JFSE launches patented revolutionary jetting technology for subsea excavation
09:59 Oil spill response workshop held in Senegal
09:34 Indicative bunker prices go up at the port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:17 Baltic Dry Index up to 964 points

2017 July 20

18:35 Wärtsilä reports order intake and net sales growth in H1 2017
18:10 Workshop of International Dialogue on Migration held in Geneva
17:49 ClassNK Singapore marks 50 years with anniversary party
17:35 UK's MCA conducts exercise for response to spills from shipping and offshore installations
17:13 DNV GL releases its updated NOx TIER III compliance guide
17:01 Port of Rotterdam half-year cargo volumes rose 3,9%
16:54 RF Navy's large tonnage warships are training in Kronstadt before the Main Navy Parade
16:35 LUKOIL Board of Directors approves members of Company Management Committee
16:14 Van Oord wins contract for mega waterfront project in Dubai
16:03 No visible drivers on the bunker market so far, expert says
15:53 MacGregor to supply on-vessel equipment to Excelerate Energy
15:31 HHI offers smart ship ICT technology for better navigation and management of ships
15:12 Boskalis contracted to build Stockholm Norvik Port quay wall in Sweden
15:08 Long Beach City Council confirms Colonna, Lowenthal appointments to Board of Harbor Commissioners
14:51 Swedegas and Fluxys LNG start cooperation for LNG project in the port of Gothenburg
14:32 BV granted approval in principle for Wison’s 50MW floating LNG power supply barge
14:06 Cargo shipments by North-Western Shipping Company up 5% to 2.76 mln t in HI’2017
13:40 Marine Recruiting Agency in HI'17 increased the number of graduates by 58%
13:17 Austal continues industry engagement with Queensland businesses for OPV project
12:55 FESCO delivered outsized Power Machine’s equipment to Vietnamese Power Plant under construction
12:33 Port of Gdansk throughput up 3.6% to 18.57 mln t in Jan-June'17
12:11 OSU researchers work to improve AUVs’ energy efficiency
11:58 HII's NNS gets $148.7 million as CVN 80 contract modification
11:50 Frigate ‘Admiral Makarov’, corvette ‘Stoyky’ and major missile boat ‘Dimitrovgrad entered the Neva River
11:29 Bunker prices are slightly down at the Far East ports of Russia (graph)
11:12 Bureau Veritas and Ascenz join forces in ship performance agreement
10:36 USPA submits to Ukraine’s Ministry of Infrastructure a revised draft of the Port Dues Methodology
10:14 Kongsberg Maritime secures first order for autonomous surface vehicle control system K-MATE
09:52 Supervisory board of Tallink Grupp start exploratory process relating to potential strategic options
09:33 Port of Tallinn announces the winner of the design contest for the Old City Harbour bridge
09:17 Baltic Dry Index up to 948 points

2017 July 19

18:24 Tele-Fonika Kable to acquire JDR
18:11 Rolls-Royce signs new service agreement
18:00 Throughput of port Kaliningrad in Jan-June'17 grew by 8% to 6.60 mln t
17:44 Throughput of port Vyborg up 3% to 608,000 t in 6M’17
17:28 JDR awarded contract for the provision of termination and testing services for Beatrice offshore windfarm project
17:25 GE and Maersk Drilling accelerate their digital partnership to drive industry transformation
17:02 Throughput of port Vysotsk up 10% to 9.13 mln t in Jan-June'17
16:38 Port of Los Angeles to extend public comment, review period for draft SEIR on China Shipping Container Terminal project
16:20 Throughput of port Primorsk in 6M’17 down 4% Y-o-Y to 31.34 mln t
16:00 Throughput of Ukraine’s seaports in HI'17 climbed by 5% Y-o-Y to 66.3 mln t
15:37 The Port Authority Police Department files disciplinary charges against police supervisors
15:16 Throughput of port Ust-Luga up 14% to 50.94 mln t in HI’2017
15:13 Port of Antwerp half-year throughput rose 2.8% to more than 111 mln tonnes
14:53 Vladimir Putin signs amendments to the Federal Law on Seaports
14:31 Port of Los Angeles ends FY2017 with record volumes of 9.2 million TEUs
14:15 Krasnoye Sormovo shipyard to launch chemical carrier of Project RST27М built for BF Tanker on July 21 (photo)
13:40 Passenger Port of St. Petersburg welcomes legendary four-masted barque "Sedov"
13:11 Port of Long Beach Q2 container traffic rises 8.3% to nearly 1.9 million TEUs
12:56 Throughput of Big Port St. Petersburg up 7% to 26.02 mln t in 6M’17
12:27 Peel Ports begins second phase of Liverpool2 expansion
12:08 Barrow’s 150th anniversary parade marks milestone in history of port and town