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DNV GL: FuelBoss pushes digitalization of bunkering services

DNV GL interviews bunker supplier Gasum on its first experience using FuelBoss, a digital bunkering platform for LNG, and how it has improved customer experience.

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Classification Society DNV GL on Monday (27 July) published an interview conducted with Jacob Granqvist, Sales Director at Gasum, on the benefits liquified natural gas (LNG) digital bunker sales platform FuelBoss holds for them and their customers.

With the launch of FuelBoss, bunker operators now have the capability to offer their services to their customers in digital form via a common industry platform. Gasum shares insights on their first experiences and the benefits FuelBoss holds for them and their customers.

Jacob Granqvist joined Gasum in 2019 and is heading the maritime sales organization, whose focus is to provide cleaner energy to the maritime industry. He is a master mariner and holds a degree in maritime law. With more than 20 years of experience in the maritime sector, he started his career at sea as an apprentice. When switching to shore, he first became involved in the energy business at Neste, a Finnish oil company. Amongst other functions, he headed the maritime fuels and services business there.

DNV GL: What were Gasum’s reasons for joining FuelBoss?

Granqvist: We have three strategic pillars at Gasum’s maritime business. One is to expand our business geographically. A second is to develop customer solutions and the third is to promote our maritime brand. FuelBoss relates to our second strategic pillar. One big strategic goal of our maritime solutions is the digitalization of the maritime business at Gasum. FuelBoss provides us with a digital platform for LNG that we can utilize and don’t need to invent ourselves. We also see the value that DNV GL has been involved in the development process.

DNV GL: Why did you perceive DNV GL as a facilitator so beneficial?

Granqvist: The strong organization that is behind the system. DNV GL has a high reputation in the market. DNV GL brings credibility to such a system. If anyone can set up such a universal system, with more than just a company application, I think it is DNV GL with its integrity and expertise. I don’t think that we would have so much leverage with Gasum building such a platform, nor would our competitors use it. The bunker operations checklists, the time reports and in the future possible quality reports from the delivered gas are things we find valuable. As they are DNV GL certified, they have of course more credibility. Such an industry standard is much more easily implemented by having DNV GL in the game.

DNV GL: Which market need did you see that FuelBoss helps to meet?

Granqvist: Overall we want to optimize our services so they become more effective. To achieve that goal, digitalization is a key driver. FuelBoss helps us to take a major step towards digitalization and enables certain services for our customers. When we thought about what would need to be the first to optimize, we came up with digitalizing the purchasing of our services and gas and create an improved ordering structure. That can be done with the FuelBoss solution.

DNV GL: What benefits do you see your customers getting from FuelBoss?

Granqvist: We want to make things easier for our customers and provide them a solution for that. With FuelBoss we provide a more professional and easier way to order fuel, which also helps customers to standardize their processes. But it also streamlines and optimizes our processes. FuelBoss also provides a platform where all the communication with the customer is gathered.

DNV GL: What other functions could further drive the business?

Granqvist: We see FuelBoss as a stepping stone towards further digitalization of the fuel market. The Business Intelligence tool that is built into it; the ease of purchasing any amount of liquid biogas (LBG). FuelBoss will enable the decarbonization of shipping in the long run. A new solution we are developing with some customers now is to take over their bunker operations. So, they do not need to do any purchasing anymore, but have a platform with FuelBoss where they can monitor their tank levels and get bunkering reports. That means transparency between the vessels and Gasum’s operations desk. If a vessel needs to be refilled, then we will agree on a port where it will happen. The possibilities are endless, whatever you can do with digitalization.

DNV GL: What key trends do you see for the LNG bunker market?

Granqvist: Hopefully there will be more standardization. One level we want to reach is avoiding unnecessary discussions as we had them in the mature market on availability, safety issues and things like that. We do not want to neglect safety as such, but the standards are very good today and we need to achieve a new normal in ports. Some ports are very conservative to safety issues, even though they claim to be LNG friendly and see it as the fuel of the future. It is still very hard to get permissions to bunker LNG in some ports. Hopefully, we will see a normalization, so the hurdles to bunkering LNG will become lower.

I also foresee that more biogas will be pushed into the total fuel mix. We already have customers that take in a 10% plan on liquefied biogas and we have done several field tests with LBG.

And of course, a further digitalization of the offerings. We see this not as a revolution but as an evolution.


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Published: 5 August, 2020

 

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“KEYS Azalea” performs first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering in western Japan

“KEYS Azalea” carried out its first LNG bunkering operation by supplying bunker fuel to car carrier “Daisy Leader” in Port at Hiroshima on 10 April.

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“KEYS Azalea” performs first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering in western Japan

KEYS Bunkering West Japan Corporation (KEYS), a joint venture established by Kyushu Electric Power, NYK Line, ITOCHU ENEX, and Saibu Gas on Friday (12 April) said a LNG bunkering vessel that it owns and operates completed the first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering in the western Japan region.

On 10 April, KEYS Azalea carried out LNG bunkering for the car carrier Daisy Leader in the Port at Hiroshima. The operation also marked the first LNG bunkering the vessel has completed. 

The LNG fuel supplied was shipped from the Tobata LNG terminal of Kitakyushu LNG Co., Ltd., a member of the Kyuden Group. 

KEYS Azalea is equipped with a dual-fuel engine that can use both LNG and heavy oil as fuel for its main power generation equipment. 

“KEYS will continue to carry out LNG bunkering safely and stably in the western Japan region, contributing to the creation of a carbon-neutral society and the development of Japan's LNG bunkering business,” the joint venture said.

Related: KEYS Bunkering West Japan names and launches LNG bunkering vessel “KEYS Azalea”

 

Photo credit: KEYS Bunkering West Japan Corporation
Published: 17 April 2024

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Singapore: Bunker fuel sales increase by 6.4% on year in March 2024

4.45 million mt of various marine fuel grades were delivered at the world’s largest bunkering port in February, up from 4.18 million mt recorded during March 2023, according to MPA data.

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Singapore: Bunker fuel sales increase by 6.4% on year in March 2024

Sales of bunker fuel at Singapore port increased by 6.4% on year during March 2024, according to Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) data.

In total, 4.45 million metric tonnes (mt) (exact 4,448,243 mt) of various marine fuel grades were delivered at the world’s largest bunkering port in February, up from 4.18 million mt (4,178,950 mt) recorded during March 2023.

Deliveries of marine fuel oil, low sulphur fuel oil, ultra low sulphur fuel oil, marine gas oil and marine diesel oil in March (against on year) recorded respectively 1.61 million mt (+40.4% from 1.27 million mt), 2.42 million mt (+9.91% from 2.55 million mt), zero (from zero), 5,100 mt (+132% from 14,700 mt) and zero (from zero).

Singapore: Bunker fuel sales increase by 6.4% on year in March 2024

Bio-blended variants of marine fuel oil, low sulphur fuel oil, ultra low sulphur fuel oil, marine gas oil and marine diesel oil in February (against on year) recorded respectively zero (from zero), 66,000 mt (-46.9% from 28,400 mt), zero (from zero), zero (from zero) and zero (from zero).

LNG and methanol sales were posted respectively at 38,600 mt (from 3,700) and zero (from zero).

Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales up by 18.8% on year in February 2024
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales up by 12.1% on year in January 2024

A complete series of articles on Singapore bunker volumes by Manifold Times in 2023 can be found below:

Related: Singapore achieves milestone with record year for bunker sales in 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales fell 2.5% on year in November 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales increase by 3.5% on year in October 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales increase by 7.7% on year in September 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales continue upward trend, rose by 3.4% on year in August 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales continue upward trend, rose by 9.7% on year in July 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales continue to increase by 4.7% on year in June 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales increase by 11.8% on year in May 2023
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales continue upward trend, rose by 13.4% on year in April
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales continue upward trend, rose by 10.8% on year in March
Related: Singapore: Bunker fuel sales continue upward trend, up 8.3% on year in February
Related: Singapore’s bunker sales kickstarts well with 8.6% increase on year in January 

Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 15 March 2024

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Port of Klaipeda achieves milestone with first STS LNG bunkering operation

Tanker “Avenir Aspiration” delivered 326 cubic meters of LNG bunker fuel to a 170-metre length CMA CGM container vessel Containerships Aurora on 9 April

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Port of Klaipeda achieves milestone with first STS LNG bunkering operation

The Port of Klaipeda on Thursday (11 April) said it saw its first ship-to-ship LNG bunkering operation on 9 April, marking a significant milestone for maritime services in the major Lithuanian transport hub.

Tanker Avenir Aspiration delivered 326 cubic meters of liquified natural gas (LNG) bunker fuel to a 170-metre length CMA CGM container vessel Containerships Aurora

Vladas Motiejunas, Harbourmaster, said: “This successful LNG bunkering operation is a milestone for Klaipeda Port and a significant leap forward in diversifying and improving the quality of services port provides to maritime operators.”

“The operation leverages our strategic advantages, including the existing infrastructure of the LNG floating storage and regasification terminal Independence, to offer cleaner, more sustainable bunkering solutions. Klaipeda Port is now firmly on the map as a convenient and reliable location for LNG bunkering in the region.”

CMA CGM operates three LNG-powered vessels in the Baltic Sea, with regular calls at the Port of Klaipeda. There are plans to expand the LNG-powered vessel fleet to six in the near future.

“The possibility to bunker LNG container vessels in the Port of Klaipeda is a strong sign that the port infrastructure is adapting in line with carbon zero targets in shipping. CMA CGM plans to have Klaipeda Port as a regular spot for LNG vessel bunkering”, said Saulius Kazakevicius, General Manager at CMA CGM Lithuania.

Klaipeda Port has the ambition to offer a wider variety of alternative green fuels in the future, including on-site production and bunkering of green hydrogen starting in early 2026.

Klaipeda Port is the major transport hub in Lithuania, serving 6,000 ships per year in the 33 specialised terminals. The port handles containers, ro-ro, LNG, dry bulk, liquid bulk, general, and project cargoes, and half a million passengers per year.

 

Photo credit: Port of Klaipeda
Published: 12 April 2024

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