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MPA Chief Executive: Port of Singapore begins digital bunkering initiative today 

MPA will explore enhancements, including automating data flow from MFMs, and work with Singapore Standards Council to revise current code of practice to support electronic bunkering documentation.

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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Monday (1 November) launched its digital bunkering platform, becoming the world’s first port to implement e-BDN. 

Eng Dih Teo, Chief Executive of MPA, said this comes following over 100 trials with more than 20 companies since January 2023. 

“Just as vehicles must be refuelled or recharged, vessels take in bunker fuel in between ports. Unlike our everyday digital transactions, bunkering vessels involves a tedious process of filling and exchanging more than 10 paper documents per bunkering operation – including physical bunker delivery notes, a standard document required by the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships containing info on fuel delivery.” he said in a social media post. 

“Thankfully, with Member States’ support, the 80th Session of the International Maritime Organization Marine Environment Protection Committee approved the use of electronic bunker delivery notes (e-BDN) in July.”

Eng noted that the lengthy processes can be avoided for Singapore, as Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has developed mobile and cloud solutions with industry for electronic exchange of bunkering documentation.

“This allows cargo officers to complete and exchange bunkering documentation without cross-boarding their receiving vessels, enhancing safety. It also increases efficiency by automating manual tasks, and providing transparency of transactions,” he said. 

For a start, he said MPA has whitelisted digital bunkering solutions from Angsana Technology Pte Ltd, BTS Pte Ltd and Bunkerchain, and more service providers are expected to come onboard. Due diligence was done to ensure solutions meet cybersecurity, functionality, interoperability and reliability criteria.

“We will explore enhancements, including automating data flow from Mass Flow Meters, and work with Singapore Standards Council to develop a new Specification for digital bunkering supply chain documentation to revise the current SS648:2019 Code of Practice of Bunker Mass Flow Metering to support electronic bunkering documentation.”

He added that licensed bunker suppliers, ship owners, operators and crew are encouraged to use these solutions, which is expected to save about 40,000 man-days yearly for Singapore’s shipping community.

“As a global bunkering hub, Singapore will work with stakeholders to raise efficiency, reduce business costs and enhance fuel operations to better serve ships of the world,” Eng said. 

Manifold Times previously reported the involvement of Singapore-based bunker tanker owner/operator and marine fuel supplier Hong Lam Marine, Ocean Network Express and Shell in a successful e-BDN trial.

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Related: IBIA: MEPC 80 confirms acceptance for electronic bunker delivery notes
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Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 1 November, 2023

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VPS launches Emsys ShoreLink to help shipowners comply with EU ETS

Vessel owners will now have ability to get direct, real-time emissions readings sent to shore, allowing vessel owners to do operations optimisation to minimise emissions footprint including methane.

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VPS launches Emsys ShoreLink to help shipowners comply with EU ETS

Marine fuels testing company VPS on Tuesday (4 June) launched Emsys ShoreLink to provide MRV/EU ETS-ready off-ship data capability to meet evolving market requirements.

Vessel owners will now have the ability to get direct, real-time emissions readings sent to shore. This allows vessel owners to do operations optimisation to minimise emissions footprint - in a market where owners are required to manage not only CO2, but also even more potent climate gases such as methane.  

The existing VPS Emsys solution offers an accurate emissions measurement, designed to help the maritime industry precisely measure and manage emissions from vessel smokestacks. 

With the added value of Emsys ShoreLink, the data can be sent directly to other systems for further analytics and direct EU ETS reporting.  

“Shipowners and operators are required to monitor and report their CO2 emissions. Traditional methods relying on standard emission factors often result in inaccuracies, leading to wrong decision-making and potential environmental and financial damage,” said VPS.

“Emsys stands as a market leader in providing the class-approved technology capable of providing full-range methane slip measurements up to 20,000ppm, a critical component for compliance with stringent EU regulations.”

Analysis of emission performance in relation to operational pattern and engine load enables taking the right decisions to reduce GHG emissions and methane slip. In terms of MRV reporting, which is fundamental for the ETS, the latest EU regulation amendment introduces the option of direct measurement of greenhouse gas emissions.  

VPS said Emsys now offered both standalone systems and holistic solutions, ensuring end-to-end management of methane slip and greenhouse gases (GHG) with unmatched accuracy and reliability. 

“The real-time monitoring and data analysis capabilities enable shipowners to make informed decisions to reduce GHG emissions and methane slip effectively, and the system is used on more than 200 vessels today.,” the firm added. 

Emsys is a hardware-based emission measurement system providing on-ship data in PDF or CSV format, suitable for printing or emailing. Emsys ShoreLink facilitates a live data export, enabling off-ship data transfer through most commonly used IAS and IOT systems. 

VPS said bringing Emsys data to shore opens new opportunities for real-time monitoring of emissions performance for the fleet.  

Simon Brown, VP Emissions Measurement VPS, stated: “Emsys ShoreLink represents a significant advancement in emissions measurement technology, offering shipowners and operators the tools they need for precise and reliable emissions management.”

“By integrating real-time data transfer and analysis capabilities, we empower our clients to make informed decisions that enhance both environmental compliance and operational efficiency."

Note: For more information on VPS Emsys, contact [email protected].

 

Photo credit: VPS
Published: 5 June 2024

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RightShip and ZeroNorth to integrate platforms to provide emission management solution

Users of either platform will be able to utilise RightShip’s GHG 2.0 Rating, along with RightShips’s Safety Score, and ZeroNorth’s advanced CII Emissions Analytics solution.

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RightShip, a global environmental, social, and governance (ESG) focused digital maritime platform, has partnered with technology company ZeroNorth to integrate RightShip’s GHG 2.0 Rating and Safety Score with ZeroNorth's CII Emissions Analytics solution.

Users of either platform will be able to utilise RightShip's GHG 2.0 Rating, along with RightShips’s Safety Score, and ZeroNorth's advanced CII Emissions Analytics solution. 

The collaboration will ensure users are provided with a comprehensive view of their performance to enable enhanced decision making aimed at driving zero harm outcomes as efficiently and effectively as possible.

ZeroNorth’s CII Emissions Analytics solution is designed to help shipping companies optimise their operations in line with CII requirements whilst maintaining a focus on commercial performance. It provides customers with full insight into both fleet and vessel CII performance and will proactively alert an operator or manager when a vessel is at risk of becoming non-compliant in the future.

RightShip’s GHG 2.0 Rating rates the emissions output of commercial vessels on a scale from A, most efficient, to E, least efficient. Used as an industry standard, it is the first rating to incorporate EEXI values alongside EVDI and EEDI by calculating and comparing a vessel’s designed efficiency against peer vessels of similar size and type using a speed-corrected methodology.

International Maritime Organisation (IMO) regulations require that ship owners cut their carbon emissions such that international shipping reaches net zero by, or around, 2050 and the introduction of the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme for maritime operators means that effective management and reduction of emissions is one of the key challenges facing the sector in 2024.

Steen Lund, CEO at RightShip, said: “By integrating ZeroNorth's CII insights with RightShip's GHG rating, we are ensuring that the RightShip platform provides our users with the most comprehensive risk and environmental management solution available for the maritime industry.”

“Collaboration will be essential in ensuring we can achieve a decarbonised future for the sector, and this partnership is going to support our customers in improving their environmental performance, ensuring that the key tools in driving maritime decarbonisation aren’t being used in isolation.”

Nicolai Bendixen, Managing Director of Charter at ZeroNorth, said: “Together, we are empowering charters, owners, and all stakeholders in the maritime value chain with immediate, actionable insights into the emission profiles of vessels.”

“This integration ensures not just compliance with evolving environmental regulations but also equips our customers to quickly make informed decisions that align with their sustainability goals. At ZeroNorth, we are proud to stand at the forefront of this transformative journey, alongside RightShip, as we navigate towards a greener, more sustainable maritime future.”    

 

Photo credit: Chris Pagan on Unsplash
Published: 5 June 2024

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Singapore-based EPS to roll out DeepSea AI performance solution across fleet

DeepSea’s Cassandra system will help EPS to minimise bunker fuel consumption, reduce GHG emissions, and support its decarbonisation goals.

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Singapore-based EPS to roll out DeepSea AI performance solution across fleet

Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Friday (31 May) said it has entered into an agreement with DeepSea Technologies to implement a comprehensive fleet-wide deployment of DeepSea’s pioneering Cassandra Performance Monitoring platform. 

By leveraging DeepSea’s revolutionary Cassandra system, EPS will monitor its diverse and extensive fleet in real-time, through accurate AI-generated digital twins of vessel machinery. 

The fleet spans across multiple segments, including bulk, tanker, gas, container, and PCTC vessels. The implementation of this advanced technology will enable EPS to harness high-frequency data across all segments.

The collaboration between EPS and DeepSea Technologies will equip EPS with precise and detailed modelling and analytics. The Cassandra solution will deliver the most advanced and current understanding of the entire fleet’s performance, enabling EPS to make well-informed and dynamic decisions in real-time.

This enhanced decision-making capability will allow EPS to minimise bunker fuel consumption, reduce GHG emissions, and support its decarbonisation goals.

EPS’ Fleet Performance Manager Pavlos Karagiannidis, said: “As we embark on this journey of digital transformation, harnessing the power of DeepSea’s Cassandra platform, we’re not just optimizing performance. We are charting a course towards a more sustainable and efficient future for maritime operations.”

DeepSea CEO Konstantinos Kyriakopoulos, said: “We are very excited to start rolling out our solution across EPS’ diverse fleet and look forward to continuing to improve our offerings through the feedback of such a leading player in the industry.”

 

Photo credit: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Published: 3 June 2024

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