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MPA responds to contaminated bunker fuel sold in Singapore

06 Sep 2018

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) Thursday responded to the sale of contaminated bunker fuel at Singapore port, the world’s largest bunkering hub.

“MPA takes a serious view on reports of bunker fuel sold in Singapore containing materials such as styrene, phenol and fatty acid. Based on the laboratories’ reports, a small handful of custody transfer samples tested between April and July 2018 were found to contain materials such as styrene, phenol and fatty acid. MPA’s investigations traced these samples to a few sources,” it said in a statement to Manifold Times.

“MPA has ascertained that all the affected bunker suppliers in Singapore had exercised due diligence in adhering to both international and local bunker fuel quality control requirements. Nonetheless, MPA has stepped up sampling checks and testing of bunker, and will continue to closely monitor the situation.

“MPA has also reminded all licensed bunker suppliers to perform their necessary due diligence when purchasing and supplying bunker fuels, and to adhere strictly to the relevant quality control requirements. MPA will take action against any licensed bunker supplier found to have knowingly or deliberately supplied off-spec bunkers.”

The sale of contaminated bunker fuel at international bunkering locations, which potentially causes major operational issues for vessels, have lately been in the limelight due to concerns from shipowners.

The Thorco Lineage, a general cargo ship owned by Singapore-based TKK Shipping, was grounded on 24 June due to ‘improper marine fuel’ supplied by Bomin Bunker Oil Corporation that caused engine failure, claims World Fuel Services marine fuel brokerage subsidiary Trans-Tec.

Meadway Shipping and Trading Singapore on 27 July filed a USD $2.15 million lawsuit against Integrity Bulk ApS at the U.S. District Court of Maryland over alleged operational damages from contaminated bunkers.

Golden Eagle Shipping LLC, the registered owner of bulker M/V Golden Eagle, in August took Toronto-based dry bulk vessel operator Norvic Shipping International to court over a case of alleged contaminated bunkers.

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Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 6 September, 2018


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