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IBIA explainer: IMO’s new flashpoint documentation requirement

Suppliers will need to provide an actual measured flashpoint value on the bunker delivery note, unless the flashpoint has been measured at or above 70°C.

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The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) on Monday (20 June) published an explainer on IMO’s new flashpoint documentation requirement which was recently approved at MEPC 78 as part of the draft amendments to MARPOL Annex VI. 

Suppliers will be required to include Information about flashpoint of fuel oil on the BDN under draft amendments to MARPOL Annex VI, in line draft amendments to SOLAS recently approved by the IMO.

The 78th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 78, June 6-10) approved draft amendments to appendix V of MARPOL Annex VI, for adoption by MEPC 79.

Appendix V of MARPOL Annex VI, “Information to be included in the bunker delivery note”, already requires sulphur content and density to be documented on the BDN.

The draft amendment will require either flashpoint measured in Celsius (°C) or a statement that flashpoint has been measured at or above 70°C.

What this means in practice is that suppliers will need to provide an actual measured flashpoint value on the BDN, unless the flashpoint has been measured at or above 70°C.

In other words, a statement will be adequate if the flashpoint has been measured at or above 70°C, but suppliers can also provide an actual flashpoint on the BDN for values above 70°C if they choose to do so.

Following the draft amendments to appendix V of MARPOL Annex VI are adopted by MEPC 79, the new flashpoint documentation requirement is expected to enter into force on May 1, 2024.

Prior to making the amendment to requirements for the BDN, MEPC had decided to await the outcome of the 105th session of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), to see what MSC agreed regarding the flashpoint data to be recorded and reported in relation to safety. MEPC would then draft corresponding draft amendments to appendix V of MARPOL Annex VI.

IBIA submitted a document to MSC 105, commenting on the draft SOLAS amendments with regard to flashpoint. IBIA explained that in practice, fuel oils are typically only tested to determine if the flashpoint is above 70°C, because that is considered to be sufficient to guarantee it is above the 60°C minimum limit in SOLAS. You can read IBIA’s paper MSC 105/5/1 on this link.

Following discussion, MSC 105 approved draft amendments to SOLAS Chapter II-2, including a requirement for a pre-delivery declaration of conformity with regulation SOLAS II.2/4.2.1, and for the ship to receive a BDN with the flashpoint specified, or a statement that flashpoint has been measured at or above 70°C. (More information on this link)

IBIA believes this outcome from MEPC and MSC is better than the original proposals to include flashpoint as mandatory information in the BDN, regardless of the measured value. IBIA has stressed time and again that requiring specified flashpoint values above 70°C is neither necessary not practical in relation to compliance with the 60°C minimum limit for fuel oils required under SOLAS.

Related: IBIA comments on IMO’s GHG strategy to MEPC 78
Related: IMO Update by DNV: Marine Environment Protection Committee – MEPC 78

 

Photo credit: IBIA
Published: 22 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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