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MFM systems at Singapore fuel terminals the ‘next stage’, says Endress+Hauser

Harmonisation of measurement method along the supply chain will lead to a fair trade, says company spokesman.

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It is only a matter of time when mass flowmeter (MFM) technology gets implemented at Singapore fuel terminals, says the Business Process Consultant – Bunkering & Fuel Supply Chain at MFM manufacturer Endress+Hauser. 
  
‘We strongly feel that next thing to come are installations of MFM systems at the terminal not only for loading bunker fuel to barges but also to receive fuel or any other fluids from the ship that needs to be stored at the terminal,’ Mohamed Abdeni told delegates at IBIA Annual Convention 2017. 
  
‘We are quite sure this is going to be; just a question of time to reach the next stage.’ 
  
According to Mohamed, the current method of having manual sounding operations conducted before and after unloading product into a terminal is inefficient and prone to human error. 
  
Further, he noted Singapore MFM-equipped bunker tankers frequently encountering ‘significantly different’ bunker cargo readings when compared to delivered figures provided by the terminal. 
  
‘So, if one fuel supplier loses fuel during loading at the terminal he will not be able to make the delivery with the correct volume intact; so it is going to be a loss and this will lead to high difficulties on managing inventory over time,’ explains Mohamed. 
  
Terminals which receive fuel also experience entrained air during the end of the operation (when the delivery ship needs to empty its cargo tanks) and this will lead to additional measurement errors on the terminal side.  
  
On the other hand, the use of MFM technology by terminals will harmonise the measuring method along the bunker fuel supply chain and lead to a fairer trade at Singapore, he believes. 
  
‘For sure there is operational efficiency and if this is at such a level where there can be mutual trust, there will be no more need for sounding before and after cargo operations,’ says Mohamed. 

'On the other side, terminal operators could also decide to accept MFM readings installed onboard the barge that is receiving the bunker fuel.  
  
‘Real time data can also be introduced and seen online during operations for both the ship and terminal operators. These systems can also be integrated today on control or business systems; even in the future the data can be sent to the authorities if required. 
  
‘These gains will enhance transparency, create visibility for all stakeholders and reduce disputes at the end of the day. 
  
‘It will also help bunker operators better manage their inventory.’ 

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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."

 

Photo credit: Kongsberg
Published: 1 March 2024

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Wärtsilä introduces ammonia bunker fuel supply system for vessels

AFSS is an innovative and reliable system that enables the use of ammonia as a marine fuel, says firm.

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Wärtsilä introduces ammonia bunker fuel supply system for vessels

Wärtsilä Gas Solutions, part of technology group Wärtsilä, on Tuesday (27 February) introduced an Ammonia Fuel Supply System (AFSS) for ships able to operate with ammonia as a bunker fuel. The system is available for both liquid and gaseous fuel.

The Wärtsilä AFSS is an innovative and reliable system that enables the use of ammonia as a marine fuel.

In line with shipping’s transition to decarbonised fuels, ammonia is widely seen as one of the most promising new fuel candidates.

It offers a huge reduction in CO2 emissions, almost zero sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions, and similar reductions in nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions.

“At Wärtsilä Gas Solutions we have more than 50 years’ experience in handling ammonia onboard ships,” said Stein Thoresen, Head of Sales Marine, Wärtsilä Gas Solutions.

“This experience, along with our deep understanding and development of high efficiency cargo handling systems in general, has led to the introduction of this system, which we see as a key enabler for decarbonised operations. The AFSS is designed to be robust and reliable, under even the most challenging sea conditions.”

The AFSS is suitable for both newbuilds and as a retrofit for existing vessels. It can be installed as an integrated cargo handling and fuel supply system on ships carrying liquified gas especially those able to trade ammonia as cargo, such as VLGC’s and MGC’s.

It can also be installed as a self-standing fuel supply system on IGF-coded vessels with either low or high-pressure systems, or a combination of both.

A system consisting of pumps and heat exchangers is used to supply the engine with a stable and reliable fuel flow, at the correct pressure and temperature.

The AFSS systems are equipped with proven components, including the necessary purge gas treatment system. Due to the need for high cleanness of the fuel, proper filtering is installed upstream and is embedded in the system.

The first Wärtsilä Ammonia Fuel Supply Systems will be installed on two new gas carriers being built at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) in Korea for Exmar LPG. These Medium Gas Carrier newbuilds will be the first ever oceangoing vessels to be propelled by dual-fuel engines capable of operating with ammonia.

 

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Published: 29 February 2024

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BMT Bunker completes digital delivery using FuelBoss by DNV

BMT Bunker und Mineralöltransport GmbH completed a digital delivery of 1,254 metric tonnes of Neste Marine™ 0.5% using FuelBoss.

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BMT Bunker completes digital delivery using FuelBoss by DNV

Classification society DNV’s digital bunkering delivery platform FuelBoss on Monday (26 February) said German physical supplier BMT Bunker und Mineralöltransport GmbH completed a digital delivery of 1,254 metric tonnes of Neste Marine™ 0.5% using FuelBoss.

FuelBoss said the event marked an important milestone in our continued push to support all marine fuels.

Matthias Milz, Sales and Supply at BMT, said: "With the constant changes in marine fuels, leveraging tools like FuelBoss helps us maintain our edge." 

Leonard Haskamp, Sales, Supply and Biofuels at BMT, said: "It's not just about streamlining operations; it's about ensuring our customers are delighted with their fuel procurement and delivery experience."

According to FuelBoss, the following are considerations to take into account to utilise FuelBoss as solution for eBDN and Digital Delivery:

  • Time Efficiency: Save over 45 minutes per operation, boosting your operational efficiency significantly.
  • Advanced Insights & Transparency: Get a comprehensive overview of all operations, allowing real-time delivery updates, informed decision-making and optimisation.
  • Proven Expertise: With 2500+ successful operations across Europe, Asia and the Americas, our experience speaks volumes about our commitment and capability.

Martin Christian Wold, Head of Product at FuelBoss by DNV, said: “Everyone knows it is time to consider a solution for eBDN, and people are asking what the value and return of investment on digitalisation are, at FuelBoss we tell them that it is immediate.”

In an exclusive interview, FuelBoss told Manifold Times it recently expanded operations to include conventional bunker fuels.

To date, the independent platform has started facilitating conventional marine fuel deliveries in Europe and is in the process of being whitelisted by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

Related: DNV FuelBoss coverage expands to include conventional bunker fuels, whitelisting by MPA in process

 

Photo credit: FuelBoss
Published: 28 February, 2024

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