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IBIA’s position on Coriolis Mass Flow Meter adoption in bunker industry

International bunker ports will need to consider adoption of MFMs to remain relevant and utilising an established international standard offers a strong solution in this direction, says IBIA.




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The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) on Monday (21 August) released an article on its position on the adoption of Coriolis Mass Flow Meters (MFMs) in the bunker industry where it pointed out that international bunker ports will need to consider the adoption of MFMs to remain relevant especially with the further use of the electronic Bunker Delivery Note (e-BDN).


IBIA supports greater transparency in the bunker sector, with the Coriolis Mass Flow Meter (MFM) as one of the solutions. The joint IBIA and BIMCO survey in 2022 established a strong desire from the bunker industry to increase transparency between suppliers and buyers, reduce quantity disputes and create a level playing field for bunker suppliers and buyers.

The benefits of the MFM have been proven in the Port of Singapore where the implementing authority, 

Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has mandated the use of mass flow metering system for custody transfer of all marine residual fuel oils since 2017 and since 2019 for all distillates. Supporting the implementation of MFM has been the development of Singapore Standards and mandatory application SS648:2019, which has provided a holistic approach in bunker assurance measurement, while maintaining a high-level integrity of the MFM system, through robust standardisation and audit regime, along with continual industry engagement in developments of the standards and regulations.

International Standards on Bunker Mass Flow Metering

IBIA acknowledges that some bunker ports already have in place national or regional legislation on measuring instruments such as MFMs for use in general trade or custody transfer and that these MFMs meet the prescribed requirements to ensure their readiness for oil and gas measurement. However, these requirements may not necessarily be specific to bunker fuel measurement mainly due to the complexity of bunker fuel and its operational transfers.

The International Standard Organisation’s ISO22192:2021 offers a unified approach, ensuring the MFM system installed on a specific bunker tanker conforms to the requirements of a bunker operation.

Based on the experience and knowledge gained from bunker stakeholders, ISO22192 was developed for the bunker industry to:

  1. enhance the efficiency of the bunkering operation
  2. promote best practices in bunker fuel measurement and
  3. provide the fundamental principles, requirements, and procedures of the MFM system.

The standard focuses on the metering operation providing the procedures and requirements of handling the MFM system in a bunker delivery operation. The guidelines also ensure that the MFM system continues to maintain its conformity to the prescribed requirements, through equipment metrological verification and regular certification by independent inspection companies, thereby further strengthening confidence and assurance in ports that adopt MFMs for bunkering.

The IBIA Bunker Licensing and MFM Working Group supports all ports in their implementation of MFMs. An international standard like the ISO22192 will harmonise MFM practices and requirements, thus avoiding confusion among industry stakeholders.

Embracing Digitalisation  

In today’s digital landscape, the adoption of MFM will support the further use of the electronic Bunker Delivery Note (“electronic BDN”) which was formally approved at MEPC 80. MFM are an important solution to streamline digitalisation for end-to-end bunker operations as this can support real time measurement and operational information needed for the use of electronic BDNs.

In this respect, it is expected that other international bunker ports will need to consider the adoption of MFMs to remain relevant and utilising an established and harmonised international standard offers a strong solution in this direction.

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Photo credit: International Bunker Industry Association
Published: 22 August, 2023

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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.





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.  

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

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China: First upgraded Zhoushan bunkering vessel completes inaugural refuelling op

“Dong Fang Zhao Yang” supplied 500 metric tonnes (mt) of heavy oil, 100 mt of light oil, and 81 barrels of lube oil to the “Emerald Liuheng” ship owned by Zhejiang Xinyi Shipping Co., Ltd.





China launches version 2.0 of “Zhoushan ship type” bunkering vessel

The first bunkering vessel of the "Zhoushan Ship Type" version 2.0 on Friday (12 January) successfully completed its inaugural refuelling operation at the anchorage outside Cosco Zhoushan’s Liuheng Shipyard after it was launched recently.

Dong Fang Zhao Yang supplied 500 metric tonnes (mt) of high sulphur fuel oil, 100 mt of low sulphur fuel oil, and 81 barrels of lube oil to the Emerald Liuheng ship owned by Zhejiang Xinyihai Shipping Co Ltd. The milestone marked an integrated comprehensive bunkering operation and meeting its “one ship with multiple functions” objective. 

According to media reports, the vessel uses a variable frequency cargo oil pump and an Emerson mass flow meter (MFM) bunkering system, which ensures accurate measurements of bunker fuel supplied.

Before the inaugural operation, shipowner Zhejiang Free Trade Zone Orient Shipmate Maritime Service Co Ltd worked with its partner Sinopec Fuel Oil Sales to strengthen cooperation with the relevant departments of various industries, formulate operation plans in advance and complete relevant procedures to ensure a smooth operation. 

Manifold Times previously reported the launch of Dong Fang Zhao Yang when it set sail for its maiden voyage at the Zhoushan Hetai Shipyard on 28 December.

Compared to the 1.0 version, the ship underwent six major upgrades including being equipped with twin engines, twin propellers and twin rudders to improve the ship's manoeuvrability and rotation, and significantly improves the ship's berthing capability. 

Related: China launches version 2.0 of “Zhoushan ship type” bunkering vessel 

Disclaimer: The above article published by Manifold Times was sourced from China’s domestic market through a local correspondent. While considerable efforts have been taken to verify its accuracy through a professional translator and processed from sources believed to be reliable, no warranty is made regarding the accuracy, completeness and reliability of any information.


Photo credit: Zhoushan’s Zhejiang Pilot Free Trade Zone
Published: 19 January, 2024

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Metcore: Taking the right approach in using MFM

It is a welcome development that global ports have started implementation of mass flow metering system (MFM system) for bunker fuel measurement. Although there are existing regulations for use of mass flow meters for general custody transfer purposes, they are not well enacted for the bunker fuel application. The critical difference is the approach in system set-up and onsite verification prior to custody transfer measurement, as well as the monitoring and control when the MFM system is in operation.






Mass flow meter (MFM) vendors today have taken steps to build their measurement system for bunker application; in-line with the encouraging results from the Singapore market which initiated the mandated use of mass flow meter (MFM) for bunker fuel measurement. However, the international marine refuelling sector, with the exception of Singapore, is still encountering bunker buyers not readily accepting the meter quantity as final and binding.

“The bunker buying culture of ‘trust’ will need to be far more convincing for buyers to accept the delivery figure from MFM-equipped bunkering vessels,” opines Darrick Pang, Managing Director of Metcore International Pte Ltd, a leading marine solutions provider with technical expertise in MFM systems for bunker applications based in Singapore.

“MFMs for bunkering are not plug-and-play systems because they require a large investment for the initial set-up and needs to be maintained regularly. Nevertheless, the success of transparency brought by the MFM system - without a doubt - can be seen in Singapore.”

“Till today, the international bunker trade is still encountering measurement comparison between the delivery bunker tanker and the receiving vessel. It is time for the delivery vessel to build trust while reducing unnecessary downtime in handling disputes.”

“The approach to MFM usage is more important than merely mandating its use because having a half-done initial certification will not do justice to the capability of the MFM system and the high costs of investment. It is as good as remaining status quo in using the conventional measurement method, since it defeats the purpose of ensuring trust and transparency of installing the MFM on-board the bunker takers for bunker fuel measurement.”

Enhanced Trust and Impartiality

The Singapore-based MFM system measurement solutions provider told Manifold Times it welcomed the development of more global key ports mandating use of MFMs that are trusted by international bunker buyers and shipowners alike.

It is crucial for interested stakeholders to tap onto the recognised ISO 22192:2021 'Bunkering of marine fuel using the Coriolis mass flow meter (MFM) system’.  Otherwise, the global bunkering sector may run the risk of evaluating the MFM system based on misaligned practices and operating disparate standards at different international ports.

“Existing national or regional legislations may not provide adequate guidelines on system performance testing. Moreover, the effect on metering for each installed system usually differs during the tanker’s delivery operations,” explained Pang.

“The situation calls for a two-pronged approach: firstly, to level-up with ISO 22192 guidelines, specifically the onsite verification requirements, and secondly, to have an independent and third-party conformity assessment body (CAB) to perform on-site verification on the MFM system in its operating conditions, to maintain impartiality.”


Support of Independent Third-Party Accredited CAB

“The support of an independent third-party accredited conformity assessment body (CAB) to safeguard the impartiality of evaluation and system testing activities at the specific vessel’s own operational level will ensure meter integrity,” believes Pang.

“Having a recognised third party’s independent certification, with reference to recognised and globally accepted standards, with an on-site MFM system verification prior to approval, as well as continual operation monitoring and regular control checks, will go a long way to ensure that the MFM system has the full functionality to provide accurate and trusted bunker measurements as a safeguard against potential disputes.”

Besides having the capability to evaluate the MFM and its associated devices, the CABs would endeavour to have in-depth knowledge of the bunker tankers cargo system set-up and bunkering operations to ensure comprehensive conformity to the relevant guidelines and legislated requirements.

The conformity assessment tests for optimal operational maintenance of the MFM systems for bunkering applications enhance trust and traceability for all stakeholders. This approach also provides a balanced view with representations from the various stakeholders without permitting any one interest to predominate. This will steer the maritime industry towards harmonised conformance framework and digitalisation across global ports.

Digitalisation for Transparency and Traceability

“It is more relevant than ever for bunker measurement practices to be harmonised for transparency and traceability across global ports,” explained Daryl Lim, Quality Manager of Metcore International Pte Ltd.

Lim was among the panel of speakers at ARACON 2023 and discussed with conference delegates from the marine fuel industry about various issues related to the certification of MFM Systems for bunker applications as well as the direction of bunkering to enhance trust and transparency.  He shared the experience of using MFM systems for bunker applications with reference to ISO 22192.


“Moving forward, harmonising of practices using standards with competent and independent conformity assessment approach would enhance trust, transparency and traceability when using the adequately certified MFM system for measurement of bunker fuel; especially in operations requiring continuous reliance on the latest technology in the measurement of marine fuel,” opined Lim

“Supported by the recognised third party’s independent certification, on-site MFM system verification and regular monitoring of operational controls - all these best practices for digitalisation will serve to strengthen the trust and acceptance of the MFM system’s measurement,” concluded Pang.

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Photo credit: Metcore International
Published: 19 January 2024

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