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Claritecs showcases bunker and shipping IT solutions in debut at SIBCON

Offers free one-month trial of vessel Asset Management solutions, which prices Singapore’s bunker tanker fleet.

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Singapore-based independent maritime technology firm Claritecs Pte Ltd is showcasing several of its bunker and shipping sector solutions at the Singapore International Bunkering Conference and Exhibition (SIBCON).

The Claritecs Auto Scheduling system, mass flowmeter (MFM) Auto Profiling system, and vessel Asset Management solution are products developed to enhance operations of the Singapore bunkering industry, says Claritecs CEO Wong Hong Lee.

“Claritecs was founded by maritime veterans who are passionate about addressing work inefficiencies with technology. We recognise that there are many homegrown small and medium-sized enterprises in the maritime industry who are keen in enhancing their operations by adopting digitisation and data analytics, but have difficulties in setting aside resources to drive the process or unable to gain access to the right expertise who understands their niche business. This is Claritecs’ forte,” says Wong, who is also the Managing Director of Sovereign Shipping Global Pte Ltd.

The Claritecs Auto Scheduling system to optimise bunker operations is a top 18 finalist project at the 2018 Smart Port Challenge organised by PIER71 – an innovation ecosystem for the maritime industry founded by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and NUS Enterprise.  This acceleration programme encourages the maritime industry to venture into new growth areas through collaboration with technology start-ups.

Wong shared that the Auto Scheduling system is able to reduce manual and repetitive work of bunker suppliers by digitalising bunker tanker scheduling.  

It further applies data analytics and machine learning of the bunker suppliers’ fleet, taking into consideration its tank size, type of fuel and quantity carried, to take on additional jobs for maximised fleet utilisation.

“It is about time the bunkering industry progress from using excel worksheets as their scheduling platform, and move to using technology to reduce manual work and increase productivity,” states Wong.

Furthermore, other stakeholders within the bunker supply chain – such as shipping agents of the receiving vessels and oil terminals – will gain oversight of operational schedules affecting their areas of business.

The Claritecs Auto Profiling system for MFMs is an automated tool aimed at supporting users with an analysis of their bunker meter profiles to obtain insights into their bunker operations. It is able to decipher thousands of data points into a concise report which detects abnormalities for further investigation.

“Algorithm driven analysis founded on MFM expertise forms the basis of Claritecs’ Auto Profiling System.  Currently, the manual analysis of MFM raw data and writing of the report would take a few days. Our automated 3 stage analysis provides this in just a minutes on an intuitive dashboard and is easy to use,” notes Wong.

Thirdly, the Claritecs Asset Management solution is a no-frills valuation of 45,000 international vessels, mainly tankers and bulkers, through three levels namely: Historical transactions (level 1); Opinion based (level 2); and Discounted cashflow variables (level 3).

More interestingly, it is backed by a newly developed plug-in which is able to determine the value of each bunker tanker in the Singapore fleet. Manifold Times understands Singapore-registered bunker tankers undergo a different pricing structure from regular oil tankers due to their unique configuration.

“Having one of the largest bunker tanker fleets in the world, Singapore’s bunker tanker valuations are often used as a gauge, to provide an indicative value in the global ship Sale and Purchase market. As this is a very niche sector, accurate valuations are hard to come by but Claritecs has the expertise to formulate such valuations. We trust that users would find this information very useful,” says Wong.

Note: The Claritecs Asset Management solution is available for a one-month free trial period upon enquiry at the Claritecs booth (no.46) at SIBCON.
 

Photo credit: Claritecs
Published: 1 October, 2018

 

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ZeroNorth eBDN solution goes live on 12 Vitol Bunkers barges in Singapore

Singapore-headquartered Vitol Bunkers’ deployment of eBDN will help streamline workflows, eliminate the risk of manual errors, enhance efficiencies and reduce costs, says ZeroNorth.

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ZeroNorth eBDN solution goes live on 12 Vitol bunkers barges in Singapore

Technology company ZeroNorth on Thursday (11 July) said it has provided its eBDN (electronic bunker delivery note) solution on 12 barges operated by Vitol Bunkers in Singapore for supply to its shipping customers. 

The firm said the deployment of eBDN will help Vitol Bunkers, based in Singapore, streamline workflows, eliminate the risk of manual errors, enhance efficiencies and reduce costs. 

“The rollout also supports the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore’s (MPA) goal of enabling digitalised bunkering,” it said in a statement. 

In being amongst the first to adopt eBDN to supply its customers, ZeroNorth said Vitol Bunkers demonstrates its high degree of confidence in the tangible benefits that the technology can provide; optimising bunker procurement, verifying purchased fuel quantities, eliminating delays and ensuring smoother transactions as well as providing greater data accuracy and quality. 

As one of the world’s largest bunkering ports, Singapore announced the launch of the digital bunkering initiative in November 2023. MPA is also planning to make eBDN mandatory to enhance collaboration between bunker buyers and suppliers, enable better reporting of emissions and achieve time and cost savings.  

After comprehensive testing to validate its regulatory compliance functionality, data accuracy and security, the MPA granted ZeroNorth’s eBDN solution whitelisting approval. ZeroNorth currently serves 56 barges and 10 customers in Singapore. 

The firm said the continued adoption of eBDN will enable more and more suppliers and buyers to see the benefits of digitalised bunkering, avoiding delays and inaccuracies across the value chain. 

Mr Ng Yi Han, Director (Innovation, Technology & Talent Development) of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), said: "Digital bunkering can boost the efficiency and transparency of the bunkering process in Singapore. Since the launch of the digital bunkering initiative last November, MPA is encouraged to see more licensed bunker suppliers, ship owners, and operators, including Vitol Bunkers, adopting digital bunkering solutions. Using the whitelisted solutions, including the solution by ZeroNorth, to complete and issue digital bunkering documents can help save many man-days per year, which companies can redirect to other value-added work.”

Rishab Bahl, Managing Director at V-Bunkers, said: “Adopting ZeroNorth’s eBDN solution has marked a step change in our bunker delivery processes. Aligned with our objective to reduce emissions through greater operational efficiencies, it will allow us to optimise our operations and enhance collaboration with bunker buyers, allowing all stakeholders to minimise costs, achieve greater data accuracy and avoid delays.”

“We believe the roll-out of eBDN in Singapore and globally will be an accelerant for identifying further opportunities to digitalise critical information about the fuel. In the years to come the regulatory requirements including proof of sustainability will put significant administrative burdens on both the buyer and the suppliers; here eBDN can play a valuable role.”

Kenneth Juhls, Managing Director, ZeroNorth Bunker, said: “Singapore is one of the world’s most important bunkering hubs as well as a key market for us. It is a first-mover in terms of digital technologies and we are proud to be supporting customers like Vitol in pioneering their digitalisation strategy. 

“Beyond a technical change, the adoption of eBDN has also been a lesson in change management at a massive scale affecting teams across back office, operations, barge crew, surveyors and chief engineers. By collaborating closely with Vitol Bunkers, we have been able to ensure the smooth transition to eBDN and we look forward to expanding its use to other locations with Vitol Bunkers."

Manifold Times previously reported Vitol Bunkers and its logistics arm, V-bunkers, announcing their collaboration with ZeroNorth to enhance the efficiency of the bunkering process in Singapore through digitalisation.

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Photo credit: ZeroNorth
Published: 11 July, 2024

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Interview: Auramarine eyes significant market share of methanol fuel supply systems

Tuomas Häkkinen, Director Business Line Projects, discusses methanol marine fuel engines, decarbonisation-related market opportunities and how Auramarine’s solutions stand out from the competition.

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Tuomas Häkkinen, Director Business Line Projects, Auramarine

Tuomas Häkkinen, who was recently appointed as Director Business Line Projects of Finland-based fuel supply systems provider Auramarine Ltd, discussed with bunkering publication Manifold Times methanol marine fuel engines, decarbonisation-related market opportunities for the firm and how Auramarine solutions stand out from the competition:

MT: What is the forecasted uptake potential for methanol marine fuel engines by the global merchant fleet in light of IMO 2030/2050? 

This is difficult to estimate as the marine industry is changing rapidly. While there are a number of new low and zero-carbon fuels in the mix, the future and main make-up of the bunkering supply chain within shipping will likely comprise of a combination of ammonia, biofuels and methanol.

It is difficult to forecast the precise number but leading classification society Lloyd’s Register, in its recent paper ‘The future of maritime fuels’ (September 2023), predicted bio and e-methanol would have a combined market share of total shipping fuel by 2050 of 13.4%.  However, the most optimistic scenario projects a market share for bio-methanol of 43% by 2050.

There is, therefore, a lot of potential for the uptake of methanol, both in newbuilds and retrofits. It’s currently one of the more mature and advanced alternative fuels and is easy to adopt. With this foundation, we aim to reach significant market share of methanol fuel supply systems both in newbuilds and retrofits.

MT: What is the number one misunderstanding about methanol marine fuel engines that you would like to debunk?  

Based on our experience, very often the integration of ship and engine systems can cause challenges and uncertainty where the responsibility of specific system parts is unclear or where there are many different players involved in the system integration. However, with proper planning and expert design, solutions can be deployed to overcome these challenges.

It’s also important to note that you get different challenges depending on whether it’s a system for a retrofit or newbuild vessel. For example, a retrofit carried out for an existing vessel always requires more attention than a newbuild, as there are more preconditions to consider. The key points a shipowner should consider when planning for a retrofit range from engine modification availability, space constraints such as tank availability, health and safety guidelines and fuel availability through to specific sustainability goals and compliance considerations.

From Auramarine’s perspective, safety is one of the most important issues due to methanol toxicity and high flammability where, for crew, inhaling, touching, or breathing in methanol is very dangerous. We, therefore, provide onboard and in-house training for crew, officers, and onshore staff, where all aspects are considered to ensure trouble-free operations as well as compliance with all environmental, health and safety regulations.  Ultimately, a well-trained crew ensures a safe voyage and efficient operations, and we always ensure that we provide project-specific training plans, as well as operation and maintenance manuals for each project.

We also firmly believe that when one experienced supplier is responsible for the design of the entire system, it is easier to control the many subsystems to ensure optimum results. Specific responsibilities and requirements are always clearer and better for efficiency. Doing this reduces project-related risks because an understanding of the interface and relationships among different components and stakeholders helps avoid misunderstandings and prevents any oversight.

MT: In terms of technology, how have maritime fuel supply systems evolved over the years and how will this sector grow in the future to accommodate shipping's green trend? 

To meet the requirements of retrofits, and the planning and production cycles of new builds, maritime fuel supply systems are becoming more modular and flexible to install in different spaces and setups. This ensures a clear line of responsibility, allowing an experienced provider to take accountability for the safety and performance of the fuel supply system to minimise risks.

MT: Other than methanol/ammonia fuel supply systems, what other decarbonisation-related market opportunities do you see for Auramarine? 

There are a lot of opportunities for more efficient use of fuels.  For example, we recently launched our AFE (Auramarine Fuel Economiser) solution, a real-time data monitoring and reporting tool, which enables shipowners and operators to proactively analyse and identify where fuel consumption and emissions can be reduced, delivering savings of between 5% and 20%.

The AFE monitors and measures the entire fuel consumption of vessels across a whole fleet, collecting data from all fuel and power-related systems on board, whether a vessel is in operation or not. This makes data collection easy for accurate reporting purposes in line with regulations such as the IMO’s Carbon Intensity Indicator, and, critically, it also highlights opportunities to reduce fuel consumption such as optimising operations by analysing fuel profiles.

MT: How are Auramarine's solutions different and why should shipowners choose the firm's fuel supply systems over the competition? 

We believe in close collaboration with shipowners to ensure their systems are tailormade to their needs no matter what fuel they use, including methanol, biofuels and soon ammonia, and we always provide fast, flexible and accurate project execution leveraging more than 50 years of experience in fuel supply system deliveries.

We also provide customers with global lifecycle support and a ‘one-stop-shop’- an end-to-end solution for our methanol fuel supply system. When the methanol system’s lifecycle support comes from a single, experienced supplier, the customer can be assured that all interfaces within the system are considered, and all needs are covered. Any interface issues can be avoided, there are clear lines of responsibility and there are no gaps in the management and upkeep of the system throughout its lifetime.

With the current and future reporting and regulatory requirements, it is important that the fuel system is kept up-to-date and compliant with the changing requirements.  This is where preventative maintenance and the role of data comes in. By using remote conditioning and operational monitoring, operational issues and downtime can be avoided, ensuring safety, efficiency and unnecessary costs.

Related: Auramarine appoints Tuomas Häkkinen as Director Business Line Projects

 

Photo credit: Auramarine
Published: 11 July, 2024

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DNV rules create new in-operation class framework, enable hydrogen vessels and OCCS

New in-operation class notations seek to bring clarity to the responsibilities of class customers for notations that have a mix of design and operational requirements.

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DNV rules create new in-operation class framework, enable hydrogen vessels and OCCS

Classification society DNV on Tuesday (9 July) published updates to its rules for classification of ships and offshore structures.

In addition to rules supporting the development and deployment of decarbonization technologies, the new in-operation class notations seek to bring clarity to the responsibilities of class customers for notations that have a mix of design and operational requirements.

“One of the most striking aspects of the maritime industry today, is the huge diversity of challenges and opportunities where our customers are looking for classification support,” said Geir Dugstad, DNV Maritime’s Global Technical Director. 

“It’s not just new fuels, but ways for owners and managers to demonstrate their own efficiencies, new vessel types to unlock new markets, through to advanced technologies like on-board carbon capture.”

With the in-operation notations, DNV has developed the first classification framework with dedicated Fleet in service notations that enables owners and operators to showcase how they are differentiating themselves in the market by deploying advanced procedures and reporting processes for greater safety and efficiency. 

The new notation clearly shows the split of responsibilities between the yards for the new building phase and the owners and operators in the operational phase of the vessel.

Designed to unlock innovation in the shipping industry while enhancing safety, the new rules also build on DNV’s leading expertise in maritime decarbonization with the introduction of two new class notations, Gas fuelled hydrogen and OCCS (for carbon capture and storage on board vessels).

While hydrogen is a potential zero-carbon fuel for shipping it is presently not covered by international regulations. The Gas fuelled Hydrogen notation, sets out the requirements for the ship's fuel system, fuel bunkering connection, and consumers, providing owners a practical path to develop hydrogen fuelled newbuildings.

Onboard carbon capture and storage (OCCS) systems are currently being trialled and offer a way for vessels to reduce emissions and contribute to greater sustainability and regulatory compliance. The OCCS notation offers a framework and requirements for these new systems, including exhaust pre-treatment, absorption, after-treatment systems, liquefaction, CO2 storage, and transfer ashore.

Some of the additional highlights of the rules include:

  • The new BOG (boil-off gas) notation provides requirements for the design and installation of pressure and temperature control systems for liquefied gas tanks,
  • New notation for the transport of live fish creates a new vessel type for this growing industry,
  • New class notation for stability pontoons provides guidance and requirements for pontoons used in heavy lift operations to increase stability,
  • Introduction of a new qualifier “NC” for the notation Hatchcoverless, enables vessels not intending to transport combustible materials to reduce investments in fire detection and fire-fighting equipment,
  • New service notation for Floating spaceports sets requirements for units and installations intended for launch and/or recovery of spacecraft,
  • New qualifier “EV” for the class notation Additional fire safety, specifically developed to target vessels transporting electrical vehicles,
  • Revised rules and standards for diving systems aligned with IMO 2023 diving code.

The publication of the new rules took place on 1 July and the new rules will enter into force on 1 January, 2025. 

Note: To find out more head to https://standards.dnv.com/.

Related: Decarbonizing Asian shipping: The potential of Onboard Carbon Capture

 

Photo credit: DNV
Published: 10 July, 2024

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