Singapore bunker industry veteran Simon Neo will head newly established marine fuels consultancy firm, SDE International Pte Ltd, after leaving the Asia arm of the International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA).
SDE will be focused in providing consultancy services related to bunker investigations, the establishment of port infrastructure for bunkering operations, standardisation of marine refuelling operations, regulatory advise for port authorities/administrations, IMO 2020 compliance, and more, he tells Manifold Times.
Neo, who will assume the Executive Director portfolio overseeing operations at SDE, shares the company works with several Singapore’s bunker industry experts known for their competence on respective marine fuel related fields including mass flowmeters, IMO legislation, bunker-related regulations, bunker-related standards and more.
“The reason we started this [SDE International] is because with IMO 2020 we felt that there will be a lot of issues coming up towards and post 2020. The IMO is also calling for its member States or other relevant authorities to establish or promote a licensing scheme for bunker suppliers. This is where we assessed that SDE could assist, as we have access to the relevant expertise,” he explains.
“Shipowners will want to increase their understanding of international compliance matters, while many ports are looking at how they can bring up standards and provide better services to shipowners.
“Quality and quantity wise, ports will be looking on ways to setup proper infrastructure for managing bunker operations while establishing their own set of standards and compliance to suit local conditions.
“In other words, bunkering will no more be a separated operation carried out at ports but instead evolve to become an integrated service delivered as part of a whole marine package.”
Neo is the current Project Leader for ISO 13739 (Petroleum products — Procedures for transfer of bunkers to vessels) and a Committee Member of ISO TC 28 SC 4 WG 6 (ISO 8217).
To date, he is also the Chairman of the Technical Committee for Cargo Inspection at Singapore Accreditation Council, and sits in the Singapore Technical Committee for Bunkering and MFM Working Committee. He was formerly the Chairman of IBIA.
Contact details of Simon Neo at SDE International are as follows:
Mobile: +65 9634 0393
Photo credit: Manifold Times
Published: 29 August, 2019
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