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Endress+Hauser Group to offer hands-on training course in bunker measurement systems

Firm is offering training, to be conducted in Dutch, to use a bunker measuring system with the Coriolis mass flow meter, based on theory and practical experience.

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Endress+Hauser Group to offer hands-on training course in bunker measurement systems

Swiss-based mass flowmeter (MFM) manufacturer Endress+Hauser Group is offering a training course on 11 April for the shipping industry to learn how to bunker accurately with a Coriolis mass flow meter.

The training, to be conducted in Dutch, will teach attendees on how to use a bunker measuring system (BMS) with the Coriolis mass flow meter, based on theory and practical experience.

“A good understanding of the system and the working method is essential for your business operations under the upcoming mandatory requirement of the BMS by the port authorities within the Rotterdam/Antwerp region,” the firm said on its website. 

The training is provided by Arjan van Ginkel, Marine Industry Manager, and Hans van de Weerd, Marine Field Service Engineer. 

The event is free to attend, including lunch and a networking drink event.

Note: Details and registration for the training can be found here.  

Related: MFM bunker measurement system to be mandatory in Antwerp-Bruges and Rotterdam
Related: TFG Marine: Mandatory MFM move in Antwerp-Bruges and Rotterdam is a ‘step in the right direction’
Related: Integr8: MFM roll-out in Singapore could serve as a model for Rotterdam, Antwerp-Bruges

 

Photo credit: Endress+Hauser
Published: 21 February, 2024

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TFG Marine to acquire majority ownership of Spanish bunkering firm Vilma Oil Med

Acquisition will enable TFG Marine to supply vessels with a complete range of high-quality bunker fuel in West Mediterranean Sea which has long been the firm’s goal.

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TFG Marine to acquire majority ownership of Spanish bunkering firm Vilma Oil Med

TFG Marine, the global marine fuel supply and procurement joint venture between Trafigura Group Pte (Trafigura) and shipping firms Frontline and Golden Ocean, on Tuesday (16 April) announced that it has agreed to acquire majority ownership of Spanish bunkering company Vilma Oil Med for an undisclosed sum. 

The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

Over the last eighteen years Vilma Oil Med has developed a first-class bunkering service from the Port of Ceuta in the Strait of Gibraltar in the European West Mediterranean Sea. 

Operations are run from Madrid and include a 84k cbm storage terminal and a bunkering barge, supplying over 1,500 vessels each year.

Kenneth Dam, TFG Marine’s Global Head of Bunkering, said: “Today’s announcement enables TFG Marine to supply vessels with a complete range of high-quality bunker fuel in the West Mediterranean Sea which has long been our goal.”

“The Company’s bunkering vessel is currently being fitted with a mass flow meter, calibrated to the ISO 22192 international standard, further demonstrating our mission to bring transparency and encourage digitalisation and further decarbonisation by the bunker industry.”

Ernesto Fernández-Maquieira, Head of Marine Fuels at Vilma Oil Med, said: “We’re thrilled about onboarding with TFG Marine as it propels us into an exciting era of modernization and growth, promising opportunities for innovation and success.”

 

Photo credit: TFG Marine
Published: 17 April 2024

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Singapore: EnterpriseSG issues call for public comments on digital bunkering supply chain documentation

Call for public comments will be available for a two-month period from 5 April to 6 June 2024, learns bunkering publication Manifold Times.

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RESIZED SG bunker tanker

Government agency Enterprise Singapore (EnterpriseSG) on Friday (5 April) issued a call for public comments on the digital bunkering supply chain documentation standard, amongst others, learned bunkering publication Manifold Times.

The call for public comments will be available for a two-month period from 5 April to 6 June 2024.

Under the National Standardisation Programme, the public comment period is an important stage of standards development, states EnterpriseSG.

Members of the public are invited to provide feedback on draft Singapore Standards for publication and work item proposals for development and review of Singapore Standards and Technical References.

The establishment of Singapore Standards is done in accordance with the World Trade Organisation’s requirements for the development of national standards.

Specification for digital bunkering supply chain documentation

This standard specifies requirements for the main types of digital documents utilised and exchanged within bunkering supply chains, aligning with established business practices and bunkering standards such as SS 600, “Code of practice for bunkering by bunker tankers using tank gauging”, SS 648, “Code of practice for bunker mass flow metering” and SS 660, “Code of practice for bunker cargo delivery from oil terminal to bunker tanker using mass flow meter”.

This standard requires digital documents to conform to specific data specifications and document formats. Additionally, it requires users to adhere to defined processes for the issuance of these documents.

A Supplement that is in machine-interpretable format will also be provided when the standard is published. The Supplement is a data definitions file that programmers can use to automatically generate codes to promote data consistency across various IT systems.

Potential users of the standard include bunker suppliers, oil traders, oil terminals, bunker buyers, bunker surveyors, bunker fuel testing bodies, digital service providers, financial institutions, industry associations for banking/shipping and relevant government agencies.

Click here for instructions to access and submit comments on this draft Standard

Related: SIBCON 2022 Interview: Co-Convenors offer insights into Singapore’s upcoming Digital Bunker Document Standard

 

Photo credit: Manifold Times
Published: 17 April 2024

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Metcore International receives ISO/IEC 17065:2012 recognition from Singapore Accreditation Council

“We are excited about the opportunity to assist the bunkering industry in achieving harmonised MFM metering practices on a global scale” Daryl Lim, Quality Manager of Metcore, told Manifold Times.

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Metcore master MFM ops

Singapore-based MFM system measurement solutions provider, Metcore International Pte Ltd (Metcore), was presented with a certificate by the Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC) on 19 March during the SAC Customer Day 2024 event.

The recognition signifies that Metcore, which has been  accredited for ISO/IEC 17065:2012 as the certification body, has demonstrated conformity to SAC’s product certification scheme requirements. This confirms its competence to conduct conformity assessment of bunker mass flow metering systems (MFM systems) both in Singapore and on the global stage.

“This SAC accredited recognition showcases our competency and capability as an impartial third-party conformity assessment body for bunkering MFM systems,” Daryl Lim, Quality Manager, Metcore told Manifold Times.

“We are proud to receive this recognition. Under the national accreditation program, we have the provisions to provide certification of bunker MFM systems, to equip bunker tankers in meeting the Singapore Standard 648:2019 Code of Practice for Bunker Mass Flow Metering and ISO 22192:2021 Bunkering of marine fuel using the Coriolis mass flow meter (MFM) system standards.”

Mr Lim highlighted that the increasing usage of mass flow meter for bunkering is indicative of the trust, transparency and accurate measurement from international bunker buyers and shipowners have resulted in more global key ports mandating the use of MFMs for bunkering.

However, existing national or regional legislations at international ports may not offer sufficient guidelines on MFM systems for bunkering custody transfer. Additionally, the bunkering industry recognises that MFM is not a “plug and play” devices. The diverse bunker fuel grades carried by the bunker vessels contribute to different dynamic effects, which may result in mismeasurement of the installed MFMs.

“Bunkering has always been a global trade, with ships visiting various ports to procure marine fuel,” said Darrick Pang, Managing Director of Metcore.

“Certifying the bunkering MFM systems of bunker tankers to either SS 648:2019 or ISO 22192:2021 standards by an accredited certification body such as Metcore is crucial. It ensures that international ports adopt the right approach for a successful MFM bunkering implementation.

“We look forward to assisting the marine sector in achieving a harmonised mass flow metering practices, fostering much-needed trust and transparency in the bunkering environment.”

Related: Metcore: Taking the right approach in using MFM
Related: Metcore International achieves ISO/IEC 17065:2012 accreditation for certification of mass flow metering systems

 

Photo credit: Metcore International
Published: 21 March 2024

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