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MPA organises workshop on safe handling of methanol bunker fuel in Singapore

23 May 2023

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Monday (22 May) said it recently organised a Hazard Identification (HAZID) and Hazard and Operability Study (HAZOP) workshop from 18 to 19 May 2023.

MPA said the purpose of the workshop was to ensure the safe handling of methanol bunker fuel in Singapore, in preparation for the first methanol bunkering operation scheduled in Q3 2023.

Over 40 participants from various methanol bunkering partners, such as the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), Hong Lam Marine Pte Ltd, Maersk Oil Trading, Mitsui & Co., Ltd.., and Mitsui & Co. Energy Trading Singapore Pte. Ltd. (METS), attended the workshop. 

In addition, representatives from the Ministry of Home Affairs Singapore, Ministry of Manpower, National Environment Agency, and Singapore Civil Defence Force were also present.

During the two-day workshop, detailed discussions on the planned methanol bunkering operation were held to identify potential risks, establish preventive measures, and develop methods for control and mitigation. 

“This workshop represents a key milestone for MPA to ensure that Singapore is ready for methanol bunkering,” MPA said in a social media post. 

Related: SMW 2023: Methanol-based spill scenario organised for ICOPCE table-top exercise
Related: Singapore: Golden Island Diesel Oil Trading to start methanol bunkering operations at republic by 2026


Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 23 May, 2023

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