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China: Huangpu Customs launches paperless pilot project to reduce documentation time

Pilot trial using digital technologies and other measures including “supply first and report later” reduced waiting time by nearly two days with the elimination of paper documents.




Huangpu Customs

Huangpu Customs has implemented a paperless pilot project for bonded bunker fuel between customs offices and a few reformed measures to improve the efficiency and convenience of bunkering operations, according to the General Administration of Customs of the People’s Republic of China recently. 

The trial was launched with 980 metric tonnes (mt) of low-sulphur bonded fuel oil directly transported from the public bonded warehouse of Huangpu District Xiji Oil Depot, Guangzhou, to the bunkering vessel Yue Hang You 3 through pipelines.

Yue Hang You 3 then arrived ahead of schedule at Xinsha Wharf to complete the bunkering operation of international voyage ship HERACLES.

Instead of circulating paper documents between different offices, the process of bonded bunker fuel supply was simplified and processed online. This includes supply application, ship supply application, verifications and customs clearance. 

At the same time, the Huangpu Customs launched measures such as "cross customs supply from one oil depot", "multiple supply from one vessel" and "supply first and report later" to ensure quicker bunkering operations. 

"It used to take at least one to two days for the oil supply ship to come to refuel. Occasionally, the import and export cargo has been loaded and unloaded, and the bonded fuel oil has not been filled, which affects the timeliness of cargo transportation. Now the oil supply ship has arrived at the refuelling point ahead of schedule. The ship can immediately receive bunker fuel supply and leave when it is done, making the bunkering experience very positive and smooth,” according to a person-in-charge of HERACLES.

Xiao Hang, Section Manager of Huangpu Old Port Clearance Division, said: “We rely on the information system to establish an information exchange and feedback mechanism between the enterprise and the customs, between the supplying and receiving customs and strive to reduce the number of trips for enterprises. With measures such as ‘declaration in advance’, ‘supply first and report later’, and ‘multiple supply from one vessel’, enterprises can handle bonded bunker fuel supply online at one time and supply oil to multiple bunker-receiving ships in one operation voyage. The single operation voyage can save 20-30 hours compared to before these measures were in place.”

In addition, "cross customs supply from one oil depot" measure supports companies to directly load and export bonded bunker fuel from public bonded warehouses, eliminating the need to transfer to their own warehouses, which effectively reduces the transportation costs of enterprises and reduces the loss of fuel for multiple transportation.

Zhou Yunbao, deputy director of Huangpu Customs, said: "The regulatory reform measures introduced by Huangpu Customs are aimed at improving fuel supply efficiency, reducing fuel supply costs, simplifying fuel supply procedures, and reducing the burden on enterprises. In the next step, we will continue to deepen reform and innovation, actively support Guangzhou in building a bonded oil supply base in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, improve the comprehensive service capabilities of Guangzhou Port and shipping, and promote the quality and increase of Guangzhou's foreign trade."

Disclaimer: The above article published by Manifold Times was sourced from China’s domestic market through a local correspondent. While considerable efforts have been taken to verify its accuracy through a professional translator and processed from sources believed to be reliable, no warranty is made regarding the accuracy, completeness and reliability of any information.

Related: China: Pilot digital trial reduces documentation time for Zhoushan bunkering ops


Photo credit: Huangpu Customs
Published: 3 May, 2023

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Singapore: EPS orders ammonia, LNG dual-fuel vessels from China

EPS signed one contract for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International.






Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Wednesday (28 February) said it signed two new contract orders in a signing ceremony in Shanghai, one for a series of ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers with CSSC Beihai Shipbuilding and another for a series of LNG dual-fuel oil tankers with CSSC Guangzhou Shipbuilding International. 

The contracts signed cover four 210,000 dwt ammonia dual-fuel bulk carriers and two 111,000 dwt LNG dual-fuel LR2 oil tankers, expanding our fleet of green vessels on water. 

“These are pivotal for EPS, testament to our continued commitment towards the decarbonisation of shipping,” EPS said in a social media post.

Manifold Times recently reported EPS signing a contract for its first ever wind-assisted propulsion system, partnering with bound4blue to install three 22-metre eSAILs® onboard the Pacific Sentinel

The turnkey ‘suction sail’ technology, which drags air across an aerodynamic surface to generate exceptional propulsive efficiency, will be fitted later this year, helping the 183-metre, 50,000 DWT oil and chemical tanker reduce overall energy consumption by approximately 10%, depending on vessel routing.

Related: Singapore: EPS orders its first wind-assisted propulsion system for tanker


Photo credit: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Published: 1 March 2024

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LNG Bunkering

Malaysia: Port of Tanjung Pelepas completes first LNG bunkering operation

Landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs containership operated by French shipping giant CMA CGM.






Port of Tanjung Pelepas Sdn Bhd (PTP), a joint venture between MMC Group and APM Terminals, on Wednesday (28 February) announced a significant milestone with the successful completion of its first Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) bunkering operation. 

The landmark event involved the CMA CGM Monaco, a 14,024 TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units) capacity containership operated by French shipping giant, CMA CGM.

Tan Sri Che Khalib Mohamad Noh, Chairman of PTP in a statement remarked this latest milestone demonstrates PTP’s commitment to continuously enhance its competitive advantages in an increasingly competitive global market.

“The successful completion of our first LNG bunkering operation also underscores our unwavering commitment to sustainability and environmental leadership. We are proud to partner with Petronas Trading Corporation Sendirian Berhad (PETCO) and CMA CGM on this initiative and showcase PTP’s capabilities as a leading facilitator of clean and efficient maritime operations.”

“This milestone paves the way for further growth in LNG bunkering at PTP, contributing significantly to the decarbonisation of the maritime industry.”

Commenting on this achievement, Mark Hardiman, Chief Executive Officer of PTP stated this latest milestone further highlights PTP’s position as the largest transshipment hub terminal in Malaysia.

“In preparation for the LNG bunkering operation, PTP worked closely since March 2022 with PETCO and CMA CGM, as well as with various other related government agencies to organise table-top exercises (TTX) and workshops, before carrying out the deployment exercise.”

“The success of the bunkering operation is a result of the seamless collaboration and preparations involving rigorous safety procedures through in-depth operational and risk assessments, modelling, and validation. We thank PETCO, CMA CGM all other involved parties for their joint efforts in operationalising the bunkering capability and we welcome partners to work with us to accelerate maritime decarbonisation,” said Hardiman.

Port of Tanjung Pelepas (PTP) is Malaysia’s largest transshipment hub with the capacity to handle 13 million TEUs annually. The port delivers reliable, efficient, and advanced services to major shipping lines and box operators, providing shippers in Malaysia and abroad with extensive connectivity to the global market. PTP is currently ranked 15th among the world top container ports.


Photo credit: Port of Tanjung Pelepas
Published: 1 March 2024

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Alternative Fuels

Wallenius Wilhelmsen to order four additional methanol DF PCTCs

Newbuilds will also be ammonia-ready and able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.





Wallenius Wilhelmsen PCTC order

Roll-on/roll-off (Ro-Ro) shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen on Tuesday (27 February) declared options to build four additional next-generation Shaper Class pure car and truck carrier (PCTC) vessels.

The 9,300 CEU methanol dual fuel vessels can utilise alternative fuel sources, such as methanol, upon delivery. They will also be ammonia-ready and able to be converted as soon as ammonia becomes available in a safe and secure way.

“Together with our customers we are committed to further shaping our industry and accelerating towards net zero. These new vessels are a vital part of that journey,” says Xavier Leroi, EVP & COO Shipping Services.

This latest commitment brings the total number of Shaper Class vessels currently on order with Jinling Shipyard (Jiangsu) to eight. Wallenius Wilhelmsen also retains further options.

The first of the Shaper Class vessels already ordered are expected to be delivered in the second half of 2026. The four additional vessels under the declared options will be delivered between May and November 2027.


Photo credit: Wallenius Wilhelmsen
Published: 1 March 2024

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