German fleet operator SAL Heavy Lift on Monday (24 February) said it has hired Inatech, a unit of Glencore, to ensure compliance with new low-sulphur emissions rules and optimise bunker strategies.
SAL Heavy Lift will apply Smart Trader across parent group Harren & Partner’s fleet of ships.
Inatech’s ‘Smart Trader’ app, enables companies to map entire fleets of ships and visualise and plan for best port to bunker given sea and port conditions to achieve lowest prices for the desired quality of fuel.
The app enables companies to track their vessels on an integrated system that displays fuel levels on board, news alerts and live pricing data from S&P Global Platts.
The tool syncs with Inatech’s established Shiptech platform, which enables emission control area compliance and can calculate a fuel’s energy content, or calorific value, an increasingly vital metric for purchasing decisions since the arrival of new low-sulphur fuels.
“Smart Trader and Shiptech are now a crucial part of our operational infrastructure, ensuring that we are fully compliant and have complete visibility on all aspects of our fleets and bunker buying,” said Danny Stutzbecher, Head of Bunkers at SAL Heavy Lift in Hamburg.
Smart Trader data covers refined wholesale and retail marine fuels at more than 350 ports worldwide, along with regional indices, spreads, and moving averages. Potential suppliers are checked for quality and credit references to control counterparty risk.
“We are going through the most significant overhaul of regulations in a generation and most shipping companies are using the transition phase to rethink how they manage risk and costs,” Inatech’s Senior Vice President Alok Sharma said.
“Proactive energy management is key to ensuring competitiveness – bunker procurement is now at the heart of shipping companies’ strategy.”
Photo credit: SAL Heavy Lift
Published: 25 February, 2020
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