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Metcore, LR, ExxonMobil introduces MFM bunkering ops at ARA region

16 Aug 2018

Singapore-based mass flow metering system (MFMS) consultancy firm Metcore International, classification society Lloyd’s Register and oil major ExxonMobil have introduced the first independently accredited MFMS to operate in the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region.

The MFMS will be able to support delivery of ExxonMobil Premium HDME 50™ marine fuel to receiving vessels.

"Customers bunkering ExxonMobil Premium HDME 50 in ARA now benefit from faster turnaround times, greater transparency, traceability and security thanks to our independently accredited MFMS," said Armelle Breneol, ExxonMobil’s Marine Fuels Technical Advisor.

The move builds on the successful implementation of MFMS in Singapore and Hong Kong; Metcore International and Lloyd’s Register have previously worked together to accredit the first MFMS-equipped bunker tanker in Hong Kong, and the recent collaboration between the two entities at ARA builds upon their prior experience.

“By integrating MFMS with bunker tankers as a complete system ensures consistency, transparency, system integrity and traceability of fuel mass measurements, added Darrick Pang, Managing Director, Metcore International.

“Having assisted over 70 bunker tankers in Singapore, Middle East, as well as the inaugural accreditation of the first MFMS in Hong Kong in 2015 for ExxonMobil, we are proud to extend our expertise for this milestone achievement that will benefit ARA’s bunkering industry.”

As with the previous introductions, the ARA MFMS is calibrated in line with both OIML R 117 and ISO 17025 standards, ensuring accuracy to within +/- 0.5%.

Depending on stem size, bunkering with an MFMS can help reduce delivery time by up to three hours, compared with conventional tank dipping.

“Getting bunkering right is more important than ever. The introduction of this technology underlines ExxonMobil’s commitment to bunkering transparency and innovation,” says LR’s Timothy Wilson, Principal Engineer Consultant.

“The use of mass flow metering systems when bunkering fuel is a significant improvement, ensuring compliance. Buyers now have peace of mind that they are receiving the correct quantity of fuel for which they are paying."

Photo credit: Lloyd’s Register
Published: 16 August, 2018

 

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