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Glencore Singapore and Straits Pinnacle in legal dispute over contaminated HSFO bunker fuel oil samples

Glencore previously commenced Singapore International Arbitration Centre Emergency Applications against Straits Pinnacle but those applications were dismissed, according to documents obtained by Manifold Times.




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A Case Management Conference between legal representatives of Glencore Singapore Pte Ltd (Glencore) Straits Pinnacle Pte Ltd (Straits Pinnacle) has been scheduled to take place at the High Court of the Republic of Singapore on Thursday (29 September).

The meeting seeks to resolve a dispute relating to the level of contaminants in RMG 380 fuel oil (RMG 380 Fuel Oil) supplied by Straits Pinnacle [Defendant] to Glencore [Claimant].

Glencore, for the preservation of evidence, is seeking to have its elected fuel testing agency Inspectorate (Singapore) Pte Ltd conduct checks of six RMG 380 Fuel Oil test samples currently held by AmSpec Testing Services Pte. Ltd. and CCIC Singapore Pte. Ltd.

“It is the Claimant’s position that the Test Samples are degrading with time in respect of the level of contaminants in the Test Samples, thus the urgency of the matter,” stated Glencore’s lawyers, according to court documents obtained by Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times

Four of the test samples fall under a January 2022 sale and purchase (S&P) contract of approximately 105,000 metric tonnes (mt) of RMG 380 Fuel Oil, while two of the test samples come under a February 2022 S&P contract of approximately 105,000 mt of RMG 380 Fuel Oil.

Documents further stated Glencore previously commencing Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) Emergency Applications against Straits Pinnacle, but those applications have been dismissed “because the Claimant’s applications were defective and dismissed for want of jurisdiction,” stated Straits Pinnacle’s lawyers.

Questions arise on ‘Urgent’ Case Management Conference

Interestingly, the Case Management Conference submitted by Glencore’s legal team to Straits Pinnacle on 8 September originally requested for it to take place in the week starting 12 September due to its alleged urgency.

The development reduces the time afforded to Straits Pinnacle to file its affidavit from the standard 21 days to 7 days, argued Straits Pinnacle’s lawyers.

The modus operandi to-date of Glencore’s lawyers seems to be “to overwhelm Straits Pinnacle and its legal team by mounting concurrent and successive applications irrespective of their individual merits,” they observed.

Glencore has concurrently commenced two sets of SIAC arbitrations, two sets of ad hoc arbitrations, two sets of emergency applications pursuant to the SIAC Rules (which has since been dismissed), two sets of originating applications, and documents spanning more than 1,800 pages in total against Straits Pinnacle.

The lawyers added there was “absolutely no urgency to the present applications” as samples of the RMG 380 fuel oil were taken in February 2022 and almost seven months have elapsed before Glencore’s request to hold a Case Management Conference at the high Court.

“This is an abuse of process and the Defendant will address the Honourable Court further on this in due course,” highlighted Straits Pinnacle’s legal team – which successfully pushed back the Case Management Conference to 29 September.

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Photo credit: Manifold Times
Published: 26 September, 2022

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Singapore Maritime Officers’ Union launches upgraded Wavelink Maritime Simulation Centre

Centre includes new dual-fuel engine simulators, offering realistic training scenarios to prepare seafarers for the evolving maritime landscape and the shift to cleaner bunker fuels.





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Singapore Maritime Officers'​ Union launched the newly upgraded Wavelink Maritime Simulation Centre (WMSC), according to Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Thursday (29 February).

The SGD 2.75 million facility includes new dual-fuel engine simulators, offering realistic training scenarios to prepare seafarers for the evolving maritime landscape and the shift to cleaner fuels, in line with industry sustainability goals.

The WMSC was unveiled by Minister Grace Fu, Minister for Sustainability and the Environment at SMOU’s seminar titled Advancing Maritime Resilience: No One is Left Behind.

The seminar, focusing on transition and training, aimed to reinforce shared responsibility, empower the maritime workforce through training, and champion sustainability without disadvantaging stakeholders in achieving #netzero emissions by 2050.

MPA's Assistant Chief Executive (Corporate & Strategy) Hoe Soon Tan participated in a panel discussion on "Prioritising a 'Just Transition", addressing strategies to bridge skill gaps and ensure a smooth and equitable transition for all seafarers.


Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 4 March 2024

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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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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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