133/18/Gen.Inf. Mass flow meters for distillates delivery now mandatory in Singapore

After successfully test-bedding the use of mass flow metering (MFM) system for delivery of distillates , the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will extend the mandatory use of MFM to all bunker tankers delivering distillates in the Port of Singapore from 1 July 2019.

The announcement was made by the Assistant Chief Executive (Operations) of MPA, Capt M Segar at the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) Asia Gala Dinner held on 26 April 2018.

Starting from 1 July 2019, all existing distillates bunker tankers supplying to ocean-going ships in the Port of Singapore must be equipped with MPA-approved MFM system. All new bunker tankers applying for the Harbour Craft (Bunker Tanker) licence will be required to be fitted with the MPA-approved MFM system.

The use of the MFM system will improve transparency in the bunkering process, operational efficiency and increase the productivity of the bunkering industry. The use of MFM for distillates aims to provide better assurance to both the bunker buyers and suppliers on the quantity of bunker delivered.

To ensure that the MFM system will be fit for delivery of distillates, the MFM Working Group tested the system on five bunker tankers. The five tankers are MARINE PAMELA, OCEAN PIONEER, PATIMAH, SENTEK 25 and WISDOM, and tests were completed in October 2017.

To defray part of the cost in equipping the MFM system, companies may apply for co-funding of up to S$60,000 from MPA Singapore for each existing bunker tanker supplying distillates in the Port of Singapore. MPA has set aside S$9 million to co-fund this initiative.

Source :Singapore MPA

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Thank you & Best Regards,

Eng. Dimitrios Nikolaos Spanos
Lead Maritime Auditor / Principal Surveyor
Member of IRCA, IIMS, ELINT, HELMEPA & Nautical Institute

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