Maersk Oil Trading, the bunkering arm of A.P. Moller – Maersk, on Thursday (10 January) said it has installed the world’s largest bunkering mass flowmeter (MFM) unit onboard the high sulphur fuel oil (HSFO) barge MT Eager owned by Hong Lam Marine.
The Endress and Hauser Promass X mass flow meter has passed the acceptance test from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and is capable of delivery rates of up to 1,000 mt per hour.
The delivery rate of up to 1,000 mt per hour is effectively double the flow capacity of other HSFO MFMs in use, says Maersk Oil Trading.
“Our customers need large quantities of highly viscous fuel oil. However, as terminals become more efficient port stays are becoming shorter,” commented Peter Beekhuis, Head of Trading at Maersk Oil Trading Singapore.
“The installation of the Promass X will give us the delivery rates we require to keep pace with our customers’ demands while maintaining full transparency over the quantity delivered.”
In the Maersk fleet, effectiveness of the initiative will be measured in real-time through the Pit Stop application which enables instant decision-making to optimise port calls and vessel operations.
“This is another Maersk automated solution to optimise end-to-end efficiency during port stays,” said Jorgen Harling, Head of Global Marine Centre at Maersk.
“Pit Stop delivers significantly improved port process control and asset management thanks to better transparency and richer data-exchange. Faster bunkering processes enable our continued drive to reduce time spent by our vessels in port.”
Moving forward, a second installation of the Endress and Hauser Promass X unit is being planned on another Hong Lam bunkering tanker.
“The higher flow rate of the Promass X is another step towards increasing efficiency of bunker supply in an already efficient bunkering port,” said Lim Teck Cheng, Executive Chairman of Hong Lam.
Photo credit: Maersk
Published: 10 January, 2019
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