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Equatorial Marine Fuel links one third of bunker tanker fleet to SGTraDex in push towards trust & transparency

‘We are proud to be amongst the first to show the successful steps taken by Singapore’s bunkering ecosystem to remain forward thinking and relevant,’ Choong Sheen Mao, Director of EMF, tells Manifold Times.




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Singapore bunker supplier Equatorial Marine Fuel Management Services Pte Ltd (EMF) has connected one third of its bunker tanker fleet to the Singapore Trade Data Exchange (SGTraDex), learns bunkering publication Manifold Times.

The seven SGTraDex-linked bunker tankers, namely Sea Diligence, Sea Fortitude, Sea Bountiful, Sea Reliance, Golden Bravo, Sea Loyalty, and Sea Brilliance, represents part of EMF’s perpetual push towards the implementation of trust and transparency in business operations, states Choong Sheen Mao, Director of EMF.

“Having data securely sent from digital mass flow meters via the Internet of Things to the cloud for inspection by all counterparties severely reduces credit and fraud risk. This is a significant development for EMF,” he explains. 

“Moreover, the authenticity for a third of our bunkering transactions can now be tracked by reputed financial institutions using the SGTraDex digital infrastructure.

“We are proud to be amongst the first to showcase the successful steps taken by Singapore’s bunkering ecosystem to remain forward thinking and relevant, while demonstrating to the world SGTraDex is workable.

“Overall, the availability of SGTraDex for supporting marine refuelling operations represents an achievement for the entire Singapore bunkering sector. After all, this is a multiagency effort spanning a two-year period involving the whole bunker supply chain.”

Equatorial Marine Fuel links one third of bunker tanker fleet to SGTraDex in push towards trust & transparency

Singapore-based Brightree Pte Ltd, a solutions provider for the implementation of industrial Internet of Things, connected EMF’s seven mass flow meter (MFM) equipped bunkering vessels to SGTraDex.

“We upgraded communications systems on the marine refuelling tankers with an external antenna to send data from the bunker metering computer back to the SGTraDex network in Singapore,” explains Kevin Peng, Managing Director of Brightree.

“This is done via a router utilising both Singapore and Indonesia SIM cards. Connectivity is not a big problem, as data is simply backed up in dead zones with no GSM signals and automatedly resent to the server once connection has been re-established.

“Brightree’s digital bunkering solution emphasises a great deal on cyber security and data integrity. Users of our systems can be assured of the accuracy and integrity of bunkering digital documents.

“We have been involved with this bunker digitalisation project since 2018. The launch of the evolved SGTraDex platform represents a monumental step for Singapore’s bunkering sector. Brightree is proud to have been amongst key solution providers for this platform.” 

The seven EMF bunker tankers involved in the project are using MFMs manufactured by Emerson.

“Emerson, being an MPA-approved MFM system provider, has provided the Fuel Monitoring Bunkering systems onboard the EMF bunker vessels, and is glad to be involved in this SGTraDex initiative by EMF on digital bunker delivery notes,” says Yap Swee Choon, Site Leader for Emerson Process Management Marine Solutions Singapore Pte Ltd. 

“We are delighted to partake in this milestone of Singapore’s bunkering history.”

Equatorial Marine Fuel links one third of bunker tanker fleet to SGTraDex in push towards trust & transparency

Ms So Lay Hua, Head of Group Transaction Banking, UOB, said: “We are pleased to partner Equatorial Marine Fuel to drive digitalisation in the bunker industry. In an industry which traditionally relies heavily on the physical exchange of paper, going digital is key to enhancing efficiency and transparency.”

 “The use of digital bunker delivery notes allows banks to verify the authenticity of the underlying bunker transactions, giving banks greater confidence when financing transactions.”

“With SGTraDex enabling connectivity across bunker suppliers, service providers and banks through a single data highway, transmission of data to multiple parties can be done in a rapid and secure manner. This is critical to streamlining data flow across the supply chain and UOB is confident that this data super highway will help deliver process efficiency for our clients.”

SGTraDex was introduced in 2021; its founding partners include the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore, PSA International, Trafigura, DBS Group, Jurong Port, OCBC Bank, Ocean Network Express, Oiltanking, Pacific International Lines, Standard Chartered, and UOB.

Amongst use case scenarios of the digital infrastructure was to provide real time visibility by digitalising documentation and processes associated with the delivery of bunkers. This improved transparency allows companies to reconcile actual usage and helps bunkering players enhance their operational efficiency and financing, close to real time. 

Manifold Times in July 2021 reported on Singapore’s live bunker delivery financing pilot transaction, in a prelude to the implementation of SGTraDex.

EMF in October 2020 launched its Online Tracking Tool, a free mobile responsive tracking tool for customers to check on the status of a bunker delivery.

Related: Singapore: Players complete first ‘live’ bunker delivery financing pilot with eBDN
Related: Equatorial Marine Fuel unveils OTT (Online Tracking Tool) to enhance bunker deliveries

Photo credit: SGTraDex
Published: 3 June, 2022

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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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