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IBIA on digital revolution: Days of physical bunker delivery notes are numbered

IMO formally confirmed the use of Bunker Delivery Notes in electronic format as an acceptable alternative to the conventional hard copy, if they conform to the regulations of MARPOL Annex VI.

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The International Bunker Industry Association on Tuesday (28 May) shared on the maritime industry shifting towards digitalisation including electronic bunker delivery notes: 

On 1 January global shipping passed a milestone in the acceleration of digitalisation in the sector that may have gone unnoticed by many. Under the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL), governments are now required to use a single digital platform, the Maritime Single Window, to share and exchange information with ships when they call at ports, effective 1 January 2024.

The intention is to streamline procedures to clear the arrival, stay and departure of ships and greatly enhance the efficiency of shipping worldwide. More than 4.6 million port calls were recorded globally in 2022.

IMO Secretary-General Arsenio Dominguez said: “Digitalisation is critical for greater efficiency in shipping. The Maritime Single Window delivers information between ships, ports and government agencies quickly, reliably and smoothly.”

Meanwhile, in development directly affecting the bunker sector, the IMO has formally confirmed the use of Bunker Delivery Notes (BDN) in electronic format as an acceptable alternative to the conventional hard copy, if they conform to the regulations of MARPOL Annex VI.

This follows the 80th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee last July, which agreed an additional unified interpretation to regulations 18.5 and 18.6 of MARPOL Annex VI concerning BDN. It is now included in the updated consolidation circular MEPC.1/Circ.795/Rev.8.

The minimum information to be contained in the BDN remains the same in hard copy or electronic format and is specified in Appendix V of MARPOL Annex VI. An electronic BDN should be protected against any edits/modifications/revisions and a verification method used to make authentication possible. As with a paper BDN, an electronic format must be retained onboard for a period of not less than three years from the date of delivery and made readily available for inspection as required.

IMO notes in a statement: “Certain ports are looking to implement electronic BDN as part of a wider move towards digitalisation, including documentation related to bunkering operations. Ship officers should be aware of these changes such as the method to digitally transfer an electronic BDN from the bunker barge to the receiving ship and the subsequent means to securely retain that electronic record onboard for not less than the required time period.”

In a sign of the way things are going, Singapore’s Maritime & Port Authority has approved several suppliers to trial the use of electronic bunker delivery notes (eBDN).

Vitol Bunkers says, with its logistics arm V-bunkers, it is collaborating with technology company ZeroNorth to enhance the efficiency of the bunkering process in Singapore through digitalisation. V-Bunkers delivered over 7 million tonnes of bunker fuels in 2023 for its customers, which was also a record year for Singapore. Its barges delivered around 190,000 tonnes of biofuels, which is nearly 36% of total biofuels volume delivered in Singapore last year.

Rishab Bahl, Managing Director at V-Bunkers, said: “We have chosen ZeroNorth as our partner to help digitalise our delivery process with their eBDN solution. Their deep domain knowledge, a secure and strong solution, and commitment to continuous investments towards digitalisation align well with our objectives for a global roll-out.”

Kenneth Juhls, Managing Director for ZeroNorth Bunker added: “Digitalising the bunker industry is a game-changer that accelerates the green transition. Our partnership with Vitol Bunkers marks significant strides towards innovative and sustainable industry practices, and we’re excited to see how Singapore’s leadership influences this globally.”

Back in November last year ZeroNorth said it had enabled its customer Golden Island Diesel Oil Trading Pte Ltd (Golden Island) to become the first marine fuel supplier in Singapore to go 100% digital in its use of Electronic Bunker Delivery Notes (eBDN).

Commenting on the news, Tomohiro Yamano, General Manager, Marine Fuel Department at Golden Island said: “A month after the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) launched its digital bunkering initiative as the first port in the world to implement eBDN, we are proud to be the first company to fully switch to eBDN in the Singapore bunkering market. To achieve this, we required a solution that would facilitate a seamless workflow to enhance the productivity and efficiency of our marine fuel delivery operations.

Kenneth Juhls, Managing Director for ZeroNorth Bunker at ZeroNorth, added: “Bunker procurement has been a traditionally cumbersome process, burdened by manual documentation. We’re delighted to be helping Golden Island eliminate these manual processes to streamline documentation, drive efficiencies and boost productivity across its operations as a global eBDN solution on the market.

In a separate development in the move towards shipping industry digitalisation, major container line Pacific International Lines (PIL) says it has completed full integration with the Singapore Trade Data Exchange (SGTraDex) platform, making it the first shipping line to do so. PIL says in a statement: “This achievement, realised through a collaborative effort with KPI OceanConnect, signifies a transformative step towards global digitisation in PIL’s maritime operations.”

According to PIL, the integration, initiated early last year and concluded in December, has enabled it to leverage SGTraDex to improve the way transactions are conducted with its stakeholders, including suppliers and financial institutions. This is another key step forward in improving efficiency and transparency in maritime operations.

As part of the integration, PIL successfully executed an overseas bunkering transaction with KPI OceanConnect, demonstrating the feasibility of using SGTraDex for transactions beyond Singapore. PIL says the transaction highlighted the data highway’s potential to streamline complex processes and facilitate smoother collaborations between shipping lines and their beneficiary chain of organisations.

Since the successful overseas bunkering transaction, PIL has completed more than 40 transactions through SGTraDex. The adaptability of SGTraDex is evident in its ability to handle a diverse range of transactions, showcasing its relevance across the maritime sector.

Prior to this integration, PIL had to export and email documents to suppliers, who then manually uploaded key information onto the e-invoicing portal.

Related: IMO: Maritime Single Windows becomes mandatory for all ports from 1 January 2024
Related: MPA: Maritime Single Windows mandated for all ports from 1 January 2024
Related: Singapore: Golden Island switching to 100% e-BDN operations from 1 December
Related: ZeroNorth enables Golden Island to become Singapore’s first 100% digital bunker supplier
Related: Vitol chooses ZeroNorth e-BDN solution in Singapore
Related: Singapore: PIL becomes first shipping line to complete full integration with SGTraDex
Related: Singapore: MPA publishes guidelines for bunker suppliers in preparation of e-BDN launch
Related: Singapore set to become first port in the world to debut electronic bunker delivery notes
Related: MPA Chief Executive: Port of Singapore begins digital bunkering initiative today
Related: IBIA: International Maritime Organization confirms acceptance for electronic BDNs (update)
Related: IBIA: MEPC 80 confirms acceptance for electronic bunker delivery notes
Related: IBIA: IMO sub-committee accepts use of electronic BDNs after long discussion

 

Photo credit: International Bunker Industry Association
Published: 29 May 2024

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VPS launches Emsys ShoreLink to help shipowners comply with EU ETS

Vessel owners will now have ability to get direct, real-time emissions readings sent to shore, allowing vessel owners to do operations optimisation to minimise emissions footprint including methane.

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VPS launches Emsys ShoreLink to help shipowners comply with EU ETS

Marine fuels testing company VPS on Tuesday (4 June) launched Emsys ShoreLink to provide MRV/EU ETS-ready off-ship data capability to meet evolving market requirements.

Vessel owners will now have the ability to get direct, real-time emissions readings sent to shore. This allows vessel owners to do operations optimisation to minimise emissions footprint - in a market where owners are required to manage not only CO2, but also even more potent climate gases such as methane.  

The existing VPS Emsys solution offers an accurate emissions measurement, designed to help the maritime industry precisely measure and manage emissions from vessel smokestacks. 

With the added value of Emsys ShoreLink, the data can be sent directly to other systems for further analytics and direct EU ETS reporting.  

“Shipowners and operators are required to monitor and report their CO2 emissions. Traditional methods relying on standard emission factors often result in inaccuracies, leading to wrong decision-making and potential environmental and financial damage,” said VPS.

“Emsys stands as a market leader in providing the class-approved technology capable of providing full-range methane slip measurements up to 20,000ppm, a critical component for compliance with stringent EU regulations.”

Analysis of emission performance in relation to operational pattern and engine load enables taking the right decisions to reduce GHG emissions and methane slip. In terms of MRV reporting, which is fundamental for the ETS, the latest EU regulation amendment introduces the option of direct measurement of greenhouse gas emissions.  

VPS said Emsys now offered both standalone systems and holistic solutions, ensuring end-to-end management of methane slip and greenhouse gases (GHG) with unmatched accuracy and reliability. 

“The real-time monitoring and data analysis capabilities enable shipowners to make informed decisions to reduce GHG emissions and methane slip effectively, and the system is used on more than 200 vessels today.,” the firm added. 

Emsys is a hardware-based emission measurement system providing on-ship data in PDF or CSV format, suitable for printing or emailing. Emsys ShoreLink facilitates a live data export, enabling off-ship data transfer through most commonly used IAS and IOT systems. 

VPS said bringing Emsys data to shore opens new opportunities for real-time monitoring of emissions performance for the fleet.  

Simon Brown, VP Emissions Measurement VPS, stated: “Emsys ShoreLink represents a significant advancement in emissions measurement technology, offering shipowners and operators the tools they need for precise and reliable emissions management.”

“By integrating real-time data transfer and analysis capabilities, we empower our clients to make informed decisions that enhance both environmental compliance and operational efficiency."

Note: For more information on VPS Emsys, contact [email protected].

 

Photo credit: VPS
Published: 5 June 2024

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RightShip and ZeroNorth to integrate platforms to provide emission management solution

Users of either platform will be able to utilise RightShip’s GHG 2.0 Rating, along with RightShips’s Safety Score, and ZeroNorth’s advanced CII Emissions Analytics solution.

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RightShip, a global environmental, social, and governance (ESG) focused digital maritime platform, has partnered with technology company ZeroNorth to integrate RightShip’s GHG 2.0 Rating and Safety Score with ZeroNorth's CII Emissions Analytics solution.

Users of either platform will be able to utilise RightShip's GHG 2.0 Rating, along with RightShips’s Safety Score, and ZeroNorth's advanced CII Emissions Analytics solution. 

The collaboration will ensure users are provided with a comprehensive view of their performance to enable enhanced decision making aimed at driving zero harm outcomes as efficiently and effectively as possible.

ZeroNorth’s CII Emissions Analytics solution is designed to help shipping companies optimise their operations in line with CII requirements whilst maintaining a focus on commercial performance. It provides customers with full insight into both fleet and vessel CII performance and will proactively alert an operator or manager when a vessel is at risk of becoming non-compliant in the future.

RightShip’s GHG 2.0 Rating rates the emissions output of commercial vessels on a scale from A, most efficient, to E, least efficient. Used as an industry standard, it is the first rating to incorporate EEXI values alongside EVDI and EEDI by calculating and comparing a vessel’s designed efficiency against peer vessels of similar size and type using a speed-corrected methodology.

International Maritime Organisation (IMO) regulations require that ship owners cut their carbon emissions such that international shipping reaches net zero by, or around, 2050 and the introduction of the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme for maritime operators means that effective management and reduction of emissions is one of the key challenges facing the sector in 2024.

Steen Lund, CEO at RightShip, said: “By integrating ZeroNorth's CII insights with RightShip's GHG rating, we are ensuring that the RightShip platform provides our users with the most comprehensive risk and environmental management solution available for the maritime industry.”

“Collaboration will be essential in ensuring we can achieve a decarbonised future for the sector, and this partnership is going to support our customers in improving their environmental performance, ensuring that the key tools in driving maritime decarbonisation aren’t being used in isolation.”

Nicolai Bendixen, Managing Director of Charter at ZeroNorth, said: “Together, we are empowering charters, owners, and all stakeholders in the maritime value chain with immediate, actionable insights into the emission profiles of vessels.”

“This integration ensures not just compliance with evolving environmental regulations but also equips our customers to quickly make informed decisions that align with their sustainability goals. At ZeroNorth, we are proud to stand at the forefront of this transformative journey, alongside RightShip, as we navigate towards a greener, more sustainable maritime future.”    

 

Photo credit: Chris Pagan on Unsplash
Published: 5 June 2024

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Singapore-based EPS to roll out DeepSea AI performance solution across fleet

DeepSea’s Cassandra system will help EPS to minimise bunker fuel consumption, reduce GHG emissions, and support its decarbonisation goals.

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Singapore-based EPS to roll out DeepSea AI performance solution across fleet

Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Friday (31 May) said it has entered into an agreement with DeepSea Technologies to implement a comprehensive fleet-wide deployment of DeepSea’s pioneering Cassandra Performance Monitoring platform. 

By leveraging DeepSea’s revolutionary Cassandra system, EPS will monitor its diverse and extensive fleet in real-time, through accurate AI-generated digital twins of vessel machinery. 

The fleet spans across multiple segments, including bulk, tanker, gas, container, and PCTC vessels. The implementation of this advanced technology will enable EPS to harness high-frequency data across all segments.

The collaboration between EPS and DeepSea Technologies will equip EPS with precise and detailed modelling and analytics. The Cassandra solution will deliver the most advanced and current understanding of the entire fleet’s performance, enabling EPS to make well-informed and dynamic decisions in real-time.

This enhanced decision-making capability will allow EPS to minimise bunker fuel consumption, reduce GHG emissions, and support its decarbonisation goals.

EPS’ Fleet Performance Manager Pavlos Karagiannidis, said: “As we embark on this journey of digital transformation, harnessing the power of DeepSea’s Cassandra platform, we’re not just optimizing performance. We are charting a course towards a more sustainable and efficient future for maritime operations.”

DeepSea CEO Konstantinos Kyriakopoulos, said: “We are very excited to start rolling out our solution across EPS’ diverse fleet and look forward to continuing to improve our offerings through the feedback of such a leading player in the industry.”

 

Photo credit: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Published: 3 June 2024

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