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ONE completes e-BDN adoption trial with Shell in Port of Singapore

e-BDN trial, using the digital bunkering solution developed by Angsana Technology, was conducted on 9 September with bunkering documents transmitted to all parties before the vessels departed.

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Singapore-headquartered container shipping firm Ocean Network Express (ONE) on Monday (23 October) said it completed the latest successful trial of the electronic Bunker Delivery Note (e-BDN) with Shell.

The e-BDN trial, using the digital bunkering solution developed by Angsana Technology, was conducted on 9 September 2023 at the Port of Singapore, with support from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

As part of the trial, the cargo officer, chief engineer, and bunker surveyor logged in to the platform via their unique link and one-time password, to complete the electronic bunkering documentations for pre-delivery and post-delivery. Upon completion, the bunkering documents were transmitted to all parties before the vessels departed.

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“The adoption of e-BDN has always been a focal point for the digitalisation of international shipping. ONE has previously conducted several rounds of e-BDN trials with partners,” ONE said in a statement.

“At the MEPC80 session in July 2023, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) approved the acceptance of bunker delivery notes (BDNs) in both hard copy and digital formats, provided they meet the relevant requirements of MARPOL Annex VI.”

The e-BDN trial by ONE and Shell also comes ahead of MPA’s launch of its digital bunkering initiative to implement electronic bunkering processes and documentations from 1 November 2023, which is expected to save about 39,000 man-days per year for the bunker industry.

Mr. Teo Eng Dih, Chief Executive, MPA, said: “MPA is encouraged by the successful completion of the digital bunkering trial and we look forward to implementing electronic bunkering processes and documentations in the Port of Singapore progressively from November 2023 onwards.”

“Apart from ensuring more secured and transparent operations when used with Mass Flow Meters, e-BDN will help build higher levels of trust amongst bunker buyers, suppliers, and financial institutions, and enable a more efficient and resilient ecosystem. The adoption of digital documentations at scale will help reduce business costs at the port ecosystem level and bring greater value to stakeholders across the entire bunkering value chain.”

“We are excited to play a role in advancing e-BDN practices,” Mr. Jeremy Nixon, ONE CEO said. “By adopting e-BDN, we will have greater visibility and reliability of our bunkering operations and a more sustainable footprint.”

Photo credit: Ocean Network Express
Published: 24 October, 2023

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18th Singapore Maritime Week opens with ‘Actions meet Ambition’ theme

MPA will be making several announcements related to developments on low- emission maritime energy transition technologies, maritime artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and manpower, over the five-day event.

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18th Singapore Maritime Week opens with ‘Actions meet Ambition’ theme

The Singapore Maritime Week (SMW), organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), returned in its 18th edition with more than 50 events from 15 to 19 April 2024 at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Themed ‘Actions meet Ambition’, MPA said SMW is organised around four pillars - decarbonisation, digitalisation, services, and talent development. More than 10,000 maritime professionals from close to 40 countries, including delegates from governments, port authorities, international organisations, as well as industry experts and thought leaders are expected to attend SMW. 

In addition, the inaugural Expo@SMW trade exhibition, taking place from 16 to 18 April 2024 as part of SMW 2024, will showcase maritime solutions by close to 50 companies and startups.

SMW 2024 was launched by Mr Chee Hong Tat, Singapore’s Minister for Transport and Second Minister for Finance. Speaking at the Opening Ceremony, Mr Chee highlighted that Maritime Singapore has continued to grow year-on-year – a mark of the industry’s vote of confidence in Singapore, and the strong tripartite relationship between business, workers, and the government. 

Looking forward, Mr Chee said that Singapore aims to be a global hub for innovation, reliable and resilient maritime operations, and maritime talent, to better serve the current and future needs of our stakeholders and allow Singapore to contribute to global development and sustainability goals effectively.

A maritime dialogue was held on the topic of Supply Chain Resilience, Digitalisation and Decarbonisation. The panel, comprising Dr Volker Wissing, Federal Minister for Digital Affairs and Transport, Germany, Mr Even Tronstad Sagebakken, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Norway, and Mr Francis Zachariae, Secretary-General, International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) was moderated by Professor Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs. 

The panel discussed the challenges the maritime sector faces when dealing with these changes and disruptions, the efforts and measures undertaken by them to prepare the maritime industry and its workforce, and the potential for various stakeholders to work together to address these challenges and capture new opportunities.

Other participants of SMW 2024 include Mr Arsenio Dominguez, Secretary- General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO); and Mr Sergio Mujica, Secretary-General of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Speaking at his first maritime event in Singapore since his appointment as the Secretary-General of the IMO in January 2024, Mr Dominguez delivered a keynote speech at the Singapore Maritime Lecture that was moderated by Ambassador Mary Seet-Cheng, Singapore’s Non-Resident High Commissioner to the Republic of Fiji and Non-Resident Ambassador to the Pacific Islands Forum.

Secretary-General Dominguez emphasised the importance of ensuring seafarer safety and wellbeing, particularly in the light of geopolitical changes impacting shipping, and highlighted his vision for IMO to flourish as a transparent, inclusive, diverse institution. 

He also noted the rapid green and digital transition unfolding in the maritime sector, driven by the targets set by IMO Member States in the IMO 2023 GHG Strategy. 

Mr. Dominguez said: “IMO is on track to adopt mid-term measures by late 2025 to cut GHG emissions, to reach net zero targets. Alongside this regulatory work, there is a need to consider issues such as safety, pricing, infrastructural availability to deliver new fuels, lifecycle emissions, supply chain constraints, barriers to adoption and more.”

“Seafarers will require training to be able to operate new technologies as well as zero or near-zero emission powered vessels safely.”

“We need ‘early movers’ in the industry as well as forward-looking policy makers to take the necessary risks and secure the right investments that will stimulate long-term solutions for the sector. In this regard, we welcome the efforts being undertaken by Singapore to facilitate collaboration among maritime stakeholders, including the MPA-led Maritime Energy Training Facility.”

SMW 2024 will also bring together MPA’s Green and Digital Shipping Corridor (GDSC) partners, namely Australia, six ports in Japan, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Port of Rotterdam, and Tianjin, to discuss GDSC initiatives to support IMO’s Greenhouse Gases (GHG) emission reduction targets for international shipping.

These include the development and uptake of zero or near-zero GHG emission fuels at scale along corridor routes, technologies to accelerate decarbonisation, collaboration to enhance operational and digital efficiencies, as well as updates on key milestones achieved for the Singapore and Port of Rotterdam and the Singapore and Port of Los Angeles and Port of Long Beach GDSCs.

MPA will ink several partnerships and agreements with more than 30 partners during SMW 2024 in areas such as training and cybersecurity. These partners comprise international organisations, foreign governments and agencies, classification societies, maritime partners, institutes of higher learning, tech companies, trade associations, and unions. 

MPA will also be making several announcements related to developments on low- emission maritime energy transition technologies, maritime artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, and manpower, over the five-day event.

MPA and 22 partners , including the leading global marine engine manufacturers, today also signed a Letter of Intent to establish the Maritime Energy Training Facility (METF). The METF, supported by the tripartite maritime community in Singapore, aims to close the skills and competencies gap for the safe operation of new zero or near-zero emission-powered vessels.

 

Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 15 April 2024

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ZeroNorth to launch new service enabling integration of eBDN data between suppliers and buyers

‘By directly and automatically transferring eBDN data into the procurement system, the new integration is a true step forward for transparency in the bunker market,’ says firm.

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Kenneth Juhls, Managing Director, ZeroNorth Bunker,

Technology company ZeroNorth on Thursday (11 April) announced it was launching a new service to enhance data integration between bunker suppliers and buyers using its eBDN (Electronic Bunker Delivery Note) solution.

The new solution will transition eBDN data into procurement systems and facilitate automatic matching with corresponding supplier orders. Payment processes are then initiated automatically without manual intervention.

 “The bunker market’s legacy manual processes mean that data entries commonly contain inaccuracies, which leads to raised claims and additional costs,” ZeroNorth said in a statement.

“By directly and automatically transferring eBDN data into the procurement system, the new integration is a true step forward for transparency in the bunker market; improving operational efficiency, fostering stronger supplier relationships, and ensuring adherence to payment schedules.”

The initial rollout of ZeroNorth’s eBDN solution has taken place in Singapore, one of the world’s most important bunkering hubs. Singapore has currently established itself as a hub for a digitalised bunker market, with the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) looking to make eBDN mandatory in the second half of 2024.

With 44,746 bunker deliveries conducted in Singapore in 2023, the city state’s share of fuel volumes was close to 23% of all marine fuel delivered in 2023 (51.8 million mt out of approximately 225 million mt globally).

“It is clear that the adoption of eBDN in Singapore will create the foundation for the global rollout of the technology, significantly improving transparency across the bunker value chain in the years to come,” the firm added.

ZeroNorth said it was clearly seeing interest and enthusiasm for the integration. 

“Effectively and digitally transferring key delivery data from the eBDN between supplier and buyer marks a pivotal moment in strengthening the exchange of data between all parties,” it said.

Kenneth Juhls, Managing Director, ZeroNorth Bunker, said: “We are dedicated to leveraging technology to drive efficiency and sustainability in the maritime sector. The integration of eBDN dataflows is a testament to our commitment to innovation and our vision for a more connected, digital future for bunker fuel transactions.

“eBDNs represent the next frontier for bunker optimisation and hold the potential to be a true accelerant of digitalisation of the bunker value chain. It shows the latent power of the data we have at our fingertips and the positive impact that we can have if we are able to make that information available at speed. By breaking down the data silos between bunker suppliers and buyers, we’re helping everyone work together better.

“This makes it easier to build fuel strategies that are resilient to market complexities and that enable compliance with stricter regulations. We are grateful for the support of our customers and partners as we embark on this journey to transform the industry together.”

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Photo credit: ZeroNorth
Published: 12 April 2024

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DNV independent cloud platform Veracity launches new Solution Partner program

Shipowners and managers can now easily connect their verified emissions data from platform with partnering software applications and services, such as EUA settlement and trading solutions.

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DNV independent cloud platform Veracity launches new Solution Partner program

DNV’s independent cloud platform Veracity on Thursday (11 April) announced the launch of its new Solution Partner program, where maritime solution providers integrate their applications and services with the platform. 

Shipowners and managers can now easily connect their verified emissions data from the platform with partnering software applications and services, such as EUA settlement and trading solutions.

The Solution Partner program is an expansion of the Veracity Integrated Partner program that already offers connectivity to nearly 50 000 vessels for automated emissions reporting by connecting maritime data providers to the Veracity platform and DNV’s verification services. The first solution partners already connected include ABN Amro, Berenberg, Carlton Carbon, Hecla Emissions Management, INTERTANKO, Vanora, Timing Carbon and zero44.

Mikkel Skou, Executive Director at Veracity by DNV, said: “I am glad to see the ecosystem around Veracity’s maritime emissions cloud grow at an increasing speed.”

“Last year, we partnered with leading maritime data providers, so that our common customers could get real-time verified emissions data through an automated and secure process. Now we expand the program further, enabling customers to easily use verified data in their commercial settlements and with partnering solutions.”

DNV said the need for real-time verified emissions data that can be efficiently used across several solutions and reporting mechanisms in the value chain is fast growing as the industry increases its decarbonization efforts. 

In January 2024, the EU ETS regulations came into effect for several shipping segments and as of 1st of January 2025 more segments will follow as FuelEU Maritime comes into play. 

The increased regulatory requirements come in addition to already established industry initiatives, such as Poseidon Principles; a global framework from the financial sector for integrating climate considerations into maritime lending decisions and Sea Cargo Charter; established to assess and disclose climate alignment of ship chartering activities worldwide.

"The implementation of EU ETS is a game-changer for the industry, setting new requirements on the quality and frequency of emissions data from vessels,” said Skou. 

“As the cost of emissions becomes part of the commercial contract, the data behind the numbers must be accurate and verifiable. To help companies in this transformation, we have built the Emissions Connect service from DNV.”

“It uses the Veracity data platform and our partner network to efficiently connect operational vessel data with DNV’s verification services, and now for further use in partnering software solutions. This way our customers can truly maximize the value of their verified data in an efficient manner.”

Within the scope of the Veracity Solution Partner Program, the Veracity platform serves as a secure digital space where customers can make their own emissions data available from all partners that have signed up to the partner program. This data is not directly submitted to DNV but rather securely stored on the Veracity platform, underlining the autonomy of the customers in managing their data.

Pål Lande, Digital Business Development Director, DNV maritime, said: “DNV's role is clearly demarcated within this ecosystem. We provide assurance services with the professionalism and independence that stakeholders have come to expect from us, without any undue influence over the data prior to its submission for verification.”

“The model further underscores our commitment to advancing digital transformation and decarbonization efforts in the maritime industry, facilitating a seamless and secure exchange of data that supports our clients' business needs while adhering to the highest standards of data integrity and impartiality.”

 

Photo credit: DNV
Published: 12 April 2024

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