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Kongsberg Digital and Royston combine electronic marine fuel management systems

Combined solution allows customers to maximise investment in fuel sensors by extending their use across the full range of Vessel Insight’s applications.

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A partnership enabling ship owners to optimise fuel consumption, enhance transparency, and promote decarbonisation of vessel operations by combining Kongsberg Digital's Vessel Insight with enginei – Royston's Electronic Fuel Management System was started on Tuesday (27 February).

Royston, with over 40 years of experience in marine engineering, has established itself as a trusted service provider to blue-chip customers across various market sectors. With a global presence, enginei is used in more than 300 vessels worldwide. This modular and solution-oriented fuel management product incorporates advanced tools to provide valuable insights to ship crew and onshore operational staff.

enginei offers reliable data and dynamic reports, which are recorded and visually represented on a touchscreen bridge display and online dashboard. By reducing fuel consumption, enginei helps improve the carbon footprint and enhances the bottom line, enabling clients to remain competitive, compliant, and cost-efficient.

The combined solution of Vessel Insight, Kongsberg Digital's vessel-to-cloud infrastructure, and enginei exemplifies the power of industry collaboration. The combined solution allows customers to maximise their investment in fuel sensors by extending their use across the full range of Vessel Insight’s applications. As regulations and industry demand more accurate fuel consumption data, our combined solution delivers a reliable and centralised source of important information, fulfilling reporting needs and enabling data-driven decision-making.

"This partnership between Kongsberg Digital and Royston represents a significant milestone in the maritime industry's digital transformation journey. By harnessing the power of data and advanced technology together, we will help ship owners make more informed decisions, enhance efficiency, and contribute to lower carbon emissions in the maritime industry.", said Kim Evanger, Director of Ecosystem P&A at Kongsberg Digital,

"We are excited about the opportunities this partnership brings," said Sarah Wade, CEO of Royston Limited. "By leveraging our respective strengths and capabilities, we are well-positioned to deliver unparalleled value to our clients, enabling them to remain competitive and achieve sustainable growth in today's dynamic market."

"By working together, we are accelerating innovation, reducing carbon emissions, and equipping our clients to thrive in an increasingly digital environment. This collaboration is a prime example of our devotion to helping our clients succeed and our commitment to quality."

 

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Published: 1 March 2024

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Singapore: EnterpriseSG issues call for public comments on digital bunkering supply chain documentation

Call for public comments will be available for a two-month period from 5 April to 6 June 2024, learns bunkering publication Manifold Times.

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Government agency Enterprise Singapore (EnterpriseSG) on Friday (5 April) issued a call for public comments on the digital bunkering supply chain documentation standard, amongst others, learned bunkering publication Manifold Times.

The call for public comments will be available for a two-month period from 5 April to 6 June 2024.

Under the National Standardisation Programme, the public comment period is an important stage of standards development, states EnterpriseSG.

Members of the public are invited to provide feedback on draft Singapore Standards for publication and work item proposals for development and review of Singapore Standards and Technical References.

The establishment of Singapore Standards is done in accordance with the World Trade Organisation’s requirements for the development of national standards.

Specification for digital bunkering supply chain documentation

This standard specifies requirements for the main types of digital documents utilised and exchanged within bunkering supply chains, aligning with established business practices and bunkering standards such as SS 600, “Code of practice for bunkering by bunker tankers using tank gauging”, SS 648, “Code of practice for bunker mass flow metering” and SS 660, “Code of practice for bunker cargo delivery from oil terminal to bunker tanker using mass flow meter”.

This standard requires digital documents to conform to specific data specifications and document formats. Additionally, it requires users to adhere to defined processes for the issuance of these documents.

A Supplement that is in machine-interpretable format will also be provided when the standard is published. The Supplement is a data definitions file that programmers can use to automatically generate codes to promote data consistency across various IT systems.

Potential users of the standard include bunker suppliers, oil traders, oil terminals, bunker buyers, bunker surveyors, bunker fuel testing bodies, digital service providers, financial institutions, industry associations for banking/shipping and relevant government agencies.

Click here for instructions to access and submit comments on this draft Standard

Related: SIBCON 2022 Interview: Co-Convenors offer insights into Singapore’s upcoming Digital Bunker Document Standard

 

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Published: 17 April 2024

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SMW 2024: MPA partners with S&P Global and Bunkerchain in digital ship identity

MPA signed a MoU with S&P Global and Bunkerchain to use Singapore as test bed to trial and pilot use of digital ship identity in maritime applications such as digital port clearance and digital bunkering.

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SMW 2024: MPA partners with S&P Global and Bunkerchain in digital ship identity

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Tuesday (16 April) announced it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with S&P Global Market Intelligence and Bunkerchain to pilot the use of digital ship identity in the republic. 

The signing took place at the ‘Accelerating Digitalisation and Decarbonisation Conference’ at Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) on the same day.

The parties agreed to use the Port of Singapore as the test bed to trial and pilot the use of digital ship identity in maritime applications such as digital port clearance and digital bunkering.

Digital identity refers to the unique representation of an entity in the digital world, which consists of various attributes and data that distinguishes it from others.

“Electronic transactions may be vulnerable to various risks as such identity fraud and data integrity breaches,” MPA said.

“Digital ship identity plays a crucial role in making electronic transactions more secure, trusted, and efficient in the maritime sector. When deployed in tandem with electronic signatures, these digital technologies will eliminate the need for physical ship stamps and wet ink signatures, and accelerate the transition towards a truly digital, secure, and paperless operations.”

MPA, together with Esri Singapore, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research’s Institute of High Performance Computing and the Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine, Singapore, also developed a digital twin proof-of-concept of a methanol bunkering leak incident. 

“The digital twin runs on an interactive web application that integrates weather and ocean current predictions and AIS data to present visualisation of chemical plume dispersions in the event of a bunkering incident involving alternative fuels,” it said.  

“The capability can help enhance planners’ understanding of the behaviour of the plume clouds under various conditions and guide the development of safety and incident response plans and standards.”

The port authority also announced a collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com company, to support the maritime industry’s digital transformation and green transition. 

MPA will tap on AWS services including cloud, artificial intelligence (AI), and digital twins to enhance the industry’s efficiency, safety, and sustainability outcomes. 

As part of the collaboration, MPA and AWS will develop the maritime Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI–ML) Digital Hub, the first-of-its-kind in ASEAN region. 

The AI–ML Digital Hub will leverage AWS cloud to enable the maritime industry to pilot innovative AI and generative AI (GenAI) capabilities to trial on the Green and Digital Shipping Corridors, optimising routes and fuel consumption, carbon emissions accounting, and just-in-time arrivals to help ships operate more efficiently, reduce greenhouse gases emissions, and enhance safety of operations.

A memorandum of understanding was signed between Mr David Foo, Assistant Chief Executive (Operations Technology), MPA and Ms Elsie Tan, Country Manager, Worldwide Public Sector, Singapore, AWS.

Related: SMW2024: 18th Singapore Maritime Week opens with ‘Actions meet Ambition’ theme
Related: SMW 2024: MPA to set up facility for maritime workforce to train in handling new bunker fuels
Related: SMW 2024: Singapore-Rotterdam Green and Digital Shipping Corridor partners to implement first-mover pilot projects

 

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Published: 16 April 2024

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ZeroNorth to launch new service enabling integration of eBDN data between suppliers and buyers

‘By directly and automatically transferring eBDN data into the procurement system, the new integration is a true step forward for transparency in the bunker market,’ says firm.

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Technology company ZeroNorth on Thursday (11 April) announced it was launching a new service to enhance data integration between bunker suppliers and buyers using its eBDN (Electronic Bunker Delivery Note) solution.

The new solution will transition eBDN data into procurement systems and facilitate automatic matching with corresponding supplier orders. Payment processes are then initiated automatically without manual intervention.

 “The bunker market’s legacy manual processes mean that data entries commonly contain inaccuracies, which leads to raised claims and additional costs,” ZeroNorth said in a statement.

“By directly and automatically transferring eBDN data into the procurement system, the new integration is a true step forward for transparency in the bunker market; improving operational efficiency, fostering stronger supplier relationships, and ensuring adherence to payment schedules.”

The initial rollout of ZeroNorth’s eBDN solution has taken place in Singapore, one of the world’s most important bunkering hubs. Singapore has currently established itself as a hub for a digitalised bunker market, with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) looking to make eBDN mandatory in the second half of 2024.

With 44,746 bunker deliveries conducted in Singapore in 2023, the city state’s share of fuel volumes was close to 23% of all marine fuel delivered in 2023 (51.8 million mt out of approximately 225 million mt globally).

“It is clear that the adoption of eBDN in Singapore will create the foundation for the global rollout of the technology, significantly improving transparency across the bunker value chain in the years to come,” the firm added.

ZeroNorth said it was clearly seeing interest and enthusiasm for the integration. 

“Effectively and digitally transferring key delivery data from the eBDN between supplier and buyer marks a pivotal moment in strengthening the exchange of data between all parties,” it said.

Kenneth Juhls, Managing Director, ZeroNorth Bunker, said: “We are dedicated to leveraging technology to drive efficiency and sustainability in the maritime sector. The integration of eBDN dataflows is a testament to our commitment to innovation and our vision for a more connected, digital future for bunker fuel transactions.

“eBDNs represent the next frontier for bunker optimisation and hold the potential to be a true accelerant of digitalisation of the bunker value chain. It shows the latent power of the data we have at our fingertips and the positive impact that we can have if we are able to make that information available at speed. By breaking down the data silos between bunker suppliers and buyers, we’re helping everyone work together better.

“This makes it easier to build fuel strategies that are resilient to market complexities and that enable compliance with stricter regulations. We are grateful for the support of our customers and partners as we embark on this journey to transform the industry together.”

Related: Vitol chooses ZeroNorth e-BDN solution in Singapore
Related: ZeroNorth enables Golden Island to become Singapore’s first 100% digital bunker supplier
Related: ZeroNorth acquires Singapore’s bunker supplier software provider BTS
Related: MPA Chief Executive: Port of Singapore begins digital bunkering initiative today
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

 

Photo credit: ZeroNorth
Published: 12 April 2024

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