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KPI OceanConnect earnings surge more than three-fold in FY2022/2023

Growth in both market share and profit was strongly supported by Bunker Holding’s key account management unit BOGA and KPI OceanConnect joining forces in 2022.

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Marine energy solutions provider KPI OceanConnect on Tuesday (18 July) has announced its results for the financial year 2022/2023 with earnings before tax increasing from USD 15.4 million the previous year to USD 49 million and revenue jumping from USD 2.94 billion to USD 5.87 billion.

KPI OceanConnect also saw an increase in volume of 50%.  

Growth in both market share and profit was strongly supported by Bunker Holding’s key account management unit BOGA and KPI OceanConnect joining forces and operating under the name KPI OceanConnect in 2022. 

The appointment of CEO Anders Grønborg further strengthened the company’s focus on its unique partnership approach, digitalisation and value-adding services, especially within the green offering.

Anders Grønborg, said: “The robust results for the year demonstrate KPI OceanConnect’s position as a preferred partner for the shipping industry during a period of uncertainty and market volatility. It is also an expression of KPI OceanConnect’s commitment to providing innovative solutions, transparency and added value to our partners.”

KPI OceanConnect made significant strides in its digitalisation drive during the year, closing around a fifth of its revenue through its AuctionConnect platform and successfully completing the first digital marine fuels deal outside Singaporean waters on SGTraDex, a digital marine fuels trading platform.

The recently announced partnership with Deloitte and ZTLment to ensure carbon credit integrity and transparency in the shipping value chain using blockchain technology further emphasises KPI OceanConnect’s commitment to innovation.

Anders added: “Looking ahead as the shipping industry continues to transform, KPI OceanConnect is well positioned to lead the way as it remains a financially strong and innovative counterpart, offering expertise, resources and global capabilities, as well as counsel clients on all aspects of the marine fuels supply and value chain. Beyond financial performance, the company’s wide range of ESG initiatives and especially its track record on diversity showcases its commitment to sustainability and social responsibility, fostering positive change for the whole industry.”

KPI OceanConnect continued to advocate the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusivity in the industry. Through the Women in Shipping campaign, the company aims to empower the voices of women in the sector and raise awareness of the excellent career opportunities that exist in shipping.

During the year, KPI OceanConnect invested in a series of global initiatives, including 20 weeks paid parental leave for all employees, stress and wellbeing, grandparental leave and stepped retirement.

KPI OceanConnect also continued its successful engagement of local stakeholders and communities through its “50for50” campaign, donating USD 50 for every deal for 50 days, which raised USD 110,000 for local organisations supporting environmental and social causes as selected by employees in each office.

In 2023, KPI OceanConnect launched its annual “get fuelled” talent programme, designed to provide young professionals with a structured education and skills for a successful career in the marine fuels industry. This initiative seeks not only to develop key competences and knowledge of the marine fuels supply chain, but to also to instil ethical business values while fostering a profound understanding of the sustainable solutions and the expertise needed to guide shipping through the green transition.

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Related: PIL and partners complete first SGTraDex digital bunker fuels deal outside Singapore waters

 

Photo credit: KPI OceanConnect
Published: 19 July, 2023

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Biofuel

GCMD concludes its final biofuel blend supply chain trial with Hapag-Lloyd

bp provided the B30 biofuel blend to the “TIHAMA”, a 19,870 TEU container vessel operated by Hapag-Lloyd in final trial; marks the end of a series of trials initiated in July 2022.

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GCMD concludes its final biofuel blend supply chain trial with Hapag-Lloyd

The Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation (GCMD) on Thursday (18 July) said it has successfully completed its final supply chain trial for biofuel blended with very low sulphur fuel oil (VLSFO). 

This marks the end of a series of trials initiated in July 2022 as part of a larger pilot to develop a framework to provide quality, quantity and GHG abatement assurances for drop-in fuels.

In this final trial, bp provided the B30 biofuel blend to the TIHAMA, a 19,870 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEU) container vessel operated by Hapag-Lloyd.

The biofuel component used is certified to the International Sustainability & Carbon Certification (ISCC) standard – a multistakeholder certification scheme for biobased materials. The biofuel component comprised neat Fatty Acid Methyl Ester (FAME) produced from food waste.

Authentix, a tracer solutions provider, supplied and dosed the FAME with an organic-based tracer at the storage terminal outside the Netherlands. The dosed FAME was then transported to the Port of Rotterdam for blending with VLSFO to achieve a B30 blend, before the blend was bunkered onboard the TIHAMA.

Similar to previous trials, GCMD engaged fuel testing company Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) to witness the operations at all stages – from biofuel cargo transfer to bunkering. VPS also collected and conducted extensive laboratory tests on samples of the biofuel and biofuel blend collected at pre-determined points along the supply chain to assess quality per Standards EN 14214 and ISO 8217.

With well-to-wake emissions of 13.74 gCO2e/MJ, the neat FAME presented a 85.4% emissions reduction compared to the emissions of the fossil marine fuel. The reduced emissions complies with the MEPC 80, which requires a minimum emissions reduction of 65% in order for biofuels to be classified as sustainable.

GCMD and Hapag-Lloyd determined that consumption of the 4,500 MT B30 blend of FAME and VLSFO resulted in 27.9% emissions reduction compared to sailing on VLSFO.

A newly developed tracer deployed with this supply chain

GCMD collaborated with Authentix to develop and deploy a new organic-based tracer to authenticate the origin and verify the amount of FAME present in the blend. The proprietary tracer blended homogeneously with FAME and was detected at expected concentrations at all sampling points along the supply chain.

This trial marks the first deployment of this tracer in a marine fuel supply chain. Previously, similar tracers were used to authenticate and quantify biofuels in road transport and LPG supply chains.

Development of a comprehensive biofuels assurance framework underway

With the completion of this trial, GCMD has deployed a diverse range of tracer technologies, including synthetic DNA and element-based tracers, in addition to the organic-based tracer used in this trial. The trials have also included the development of a chemical fingerprinting methodology and the evaluation of lock-and-seal and automatic identification systems (AIS) as additional solutions to ensure the integrity of the biofuels supply chain.

Learnings on tracer limitations and benefits will be incorporated into a framework that recommends appropriate use to ensure consistent and robust performance. This effort will complement existing ISCC by providing additional supply chain assurance through physical traceability.

The insights from these trials will be shared in a series of reports covering issues, such as traceability, biofuel degradation, supply chain optimisation and abatement costs. These findings will culminate in a comprehensive assurance framework to provide guidance on biofuels use, slated for release in the fourth quarter of 2024.

 

Photo credit: Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonisation
Published: 19 July 2024

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Ammonia

MPA, ITOCHU and partners sign MoU on ammonia-fuelled bulk carriers study

As a government agency, MPA,will review and provide their views to the designs of the ammonia-fuelled ships to ensure their safe operations, says ClassNK.

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Classification society ClassNK on Thursday (18 July) said it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ITOCHU Corporation, Nihon Shipyard Co., Ltd., and Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) regarding a joint study for the design and safety specifications of ammonia-fuelled ships which are under development by ITOCHU and partners.

“The discussion for a specification of ammonia-fuelled ships with a governmental body related to their operation is essential for a social implementation of ammonia-fuelled ships,” ClassNK said. 

“As one of parties of the MoU, MPA, a government agency overseeing the world’s busiest bunkering hub, will review and provide their views to the designs of the ammonia-fuelled ships to ensure their safe operations.”

The MoU is based on the premise that 200,000 deadweight ton class bulk carriers will be built by Nihon Shipyard with an ammonia dual-fuelled engine.

“The necessary clarifications of the specification for the ammonia-fueled ship to carry out ammonia bunkering in Singapore will be conducted among parties of this MoU, for the commercialisation of ammonia-fuelled ships,” ClassNK added.

 

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Published: 19 July 2024

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Biofuel

“K” Line to use biofuel on three Gram Car Carriers-chartered vessels in Singapore

Biofuel will be supplied to the sister vessels “Viking Ocean”, “Viking Diamond” and “Viking Coral” while bunkering in Singapore, says Gram Car Carriers.

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“K” Line to use biofuel on three Gram Car Carriers-chartered vessels in Singapore

Norwegian transportation firm Gram Car Carriers (GCC) on Thursday (18 July) said Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (“K” LINE) will use biofuel on three vessels chartered from GCC from July onwards. 

“The biofuel will be supplied to the sister vessels Viking Ocean, Viking Diamond and Viking Coral while bunkering in Singapore, an Asian hub for marine biofuels,” GCC said on its social media. 

“The use of biofuel is a key environmental initiative to reduce emissions across the entire value chain (well-to-exhaust) and an effective way of transitioning to low-carbon marine fuels amid globally tightening environmental regulations.”

“We support the green mobility shift. This means that GCC commit to supporting the transition of both vehicles and their logistic chain towards a zero-emission future in close cooperation with leading customers such as K-Line,” said Georg A. Whist, CEO of GCC.

 

Photo credit: Gram Car Carriers
Published: 19 July 2024

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