• 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 November 25

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2017 November 24

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18:06 Sanmar delivers two ASD tugs
18:06 RN Bunker supplies fuel to Rosmorport's STS Mir
17:36 DHT Holdings announces sale of its three oldest VLCCs
17:15 IMO holds training for port security staff in Guinea
16:47 Wärtsilä introduces its Smart Marine Ecosystem vision
16:46 Cargo traffic in Kama Basin of Russia’s IWW grew by 22.4% to 13.40 mln t (photo)
16:27 IMO addresses invasive aquatic species carried in ballast water through BWM Convention
15:59 State Duma approves prolongation of RF Government Decree No 383 through 2019
15:28 Bolwerk LLC selected as general contractor to build an international marine terminal in Pionersky, Kaliningrad Region
15:03 PSA Singapore and NUS sign MOU to develop Human Capital to support the growth of the port industry
14:31 Design works under MTH project to be completed in 2018
14:03 APM Terminals Inland Services expands to serve the industrial belt around Pune, India
13:40 Euronav sells VLCC Artois
13:29 Navigation season is over in White Sea – Onega Lake Basin of Russia’s IWW (photo)
13:02 The Port of Montreal invests in greening
12:30 ZIM posts Q3 2017 results
12:12 Lead buoy tender of Project BLV04 build for FSUE Rosmorport is put into operation (photo)
12:00 Public Transport Authority raises Saudi flag on Bahri’s fifth VLCC received in 2017
11:30 GVT to increase the frequency of its rail shuttle service between Rotterdam and Chengdu in China
11:14 Europort confirms role as international maritime business hub
11:01 British ports welcome Budget announcements on Brexit scenario funding and freight review
10:45 Financial support for the Polar Code and the Sustainable Development Goals
10:31 European ports welcome the EP Transport Committee vote for a stronger CEF budget
10:11 Finnlines finishes the first lengthening project of ro-ro vessel
10:01 Brent Crude futures price down 0.27% to $63.38, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.76% to $58.46
09:37 Bunker prices are flat at the Port of Saint-Petersburg, Russia (graph)
09:20 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,445 points
07:48 Palau International Ship Registry is the fastest growing flag

2017 November 23

18:05 CMA CGM announces FAK rates from Asia to Mediterranean
17:54 Mercury-1 ferry of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company successfully passed sea test after major repairs
17:35 Ophir issues update on the status of the Fortuna FLNG project
17:20 Opatija, Croatia hosts three-day conference “The Port of Rijeka, Gateway of the Baltic-Adriatic Core Network Corridor”
17:05 Navantia and Bath Iron Works team for the US Navy Future Guided Missile Frigates
16:50 Throughput of Chinese ports up 7.2% to 7.23 bln t in 10M’17
16:35 COSCO (Guangdong) Shipyard delivers research/survey vessel to Guangzhou Marine Geological Survey
16:05 CMA CGM announces GRI from Asia to ECSA
16:03 Bunker prices may turn into irregular phase in the lead-up to OPEC’s meeting
15:44 Okskaya shipyard lays down the first non-self-propelled oil barge in a series of ten vessels ordered by STLC
15:33 European Sea Ports Organisation welcomes a deadline for global solution on CO2 from shipping
15:00 Ports of Ayr and Troon celebrate delivery of new Scottish-built pilot vessel
14:19 Corvette Soobrazitelny, Baltic Fleet, performed some training missions in piracy affected areas in Gulf of Aden
14:02 Wärtsilä engines and exhaust gas cleaning chosen for new cruise ship
13:23 Navigation 2017 to close in Azov-Don Basin of Russia’s IWW on 1 December 2017
13:02 Oldendorff Carriers receives IBJ Bulk Ship Operator of the Year award
12:36 Russia’s General Board of State Expert Review approves Phase I of Bagayevsky Hydrosystem project
12:10 Ports of Ayr and Troon celebrate delivery of new Scottish-built pilot vessel
11:52 Marine Recruiting Agency goes on with the program of RTG operators training
11:29 Coal exports via Rosterminalugol terminal hit 22 mln t milestone this year (photo)
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10:18 Brent Crude futures price down 0.25% to $63.16, Light Sweet Crude – down 0.21% to $57.90
09:53 Ukraine’s water transport carried 0.5 mln passengers in Jan-Oct'17, up 30.2%, Y-o-Y
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09:17 Baltic Dry Index up to 1,413 points

2017 November 22

18:02 Throughput of port Vyborg up 13% to 1.24 mln t in 10M’17
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17:24 Iceland accedes to air pollution treaty
17:03 MSC receives the ‘Container Line of the Year’ award