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Singapore: MPA publishes Covid-19 precautionary measures for bunker operations

The interim precautionary measures should be considered by cargo officers, bunker craft crew and bunker surveyors (if engaged) when conducting their duties at port.

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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Saturday (29 August) published a notice to the Singapore bunkering industry outlining some additional precautionary measures that should be observed when conducting their respective duties during bunker delivery operations at port to minimise the risk of contracting Covid-19: 

Interim Precautionary Measures to Minimise Risk of Contracting COVID-19 During Bunkering Operations in Port of Singapore

This notice serves to inform all MPA licensed bunker suppliers, bunker craft operators and bunker surveying companies on the interim precautionary measures to be implemented to minimise the risk of contracting COVID-19 during bunkering operations in the Port of Singapore.

The following interim precautionary measures should be considered by cargo officers (bunker clerks), bunker craft crew and bunker surveyors (if engaged) when conducting their respective duties during bunker delivery operations to visiting vessels. These additional measures are drawn in consultation with the Singapore Shipping Association and Singapore’s Ministry of Health.

Cargo officers, bunker tanker crew and bunker surveyors, as appropriate, should:

General Measures

  1. Carry out, and log, twice daily temperature checks.
  2. Practise safe distancing (2 metres apart) and minimise contact with the visiting vessel’s crew.
  3. If your work requires you to board a visiting vessel or interact with the visiting vessel’s crew, wear the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE), including the use of a surgical mask and gloves minimally as well as goggles/face shields (as appropriate), and ensure no close contact with the vessel’s crew.
  4. Seek medical attention promptly if feeling unwell.
  5. Observe good personal hygiene and avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  6. Practice frequent hand washing with soap.
  7. Avoid shaking hands and adopt other non-contact greeting methods.
  8. Maintain a log of movements of all persons for the purposes of contact tracing.
  9. Only essential vessel crew and shore personnel to be in the same work area if necessary, which has to be well-ventilated at all times.
  10. Avoid consumption of food or beverages on board ships if possible, as removal of surgical masks increases the risk of exposure.

In addition to the above, companies are strongly encouraged to further minimise unnecessary exposure and mitigate the risk of contracting COVID-19 during bunkering operations, and the following personnel should comply with the following measures as far as practicable. To prevent any operational delays, it is strongly advised that proper communication between the relevant parties (bunker buyer, bunker supplier, bunker craft operator, visiting vessel crew, bunker crew, cargo officer, bunker surveyor, ship agent etc.) on the interim precautionary measures to be adopted are conducted prior to the visiting vessel’s arrival in the Port of Singapore. Upon request by the Master of the bunker craft and/or bunker craft operator, the Master/owner/operator/agent of the visiting vessel should provide the Maritime Declaration of Health to them for their information.

  • Cargo Officers:
    1. Communications between the bunker tanker and the visiting ship to be done with the help of walkie-talkie and/or via an agreed VHF channel.
    2. All pre and post bunkering documentations to be transferred/received via bucket and messenger rope. For those documents that can be shared and verified electronically, such as photos, it is encouraged to be done so via electronic means if available.
    3. Pictures of all sealing points and the seal numbers, with date and time stamp shall form a part of the pre and post bunkering documentation along with copies of the metering system diagram and latest seal verification report.
    4. Pictures with date and time stamp of opening / closing meter readings of the non-resettable totalizer along with the resettable totalizer readings (i.e. pre and post bunkering) shall also form part of the bunkering documentation.
    5. Request from the visiting vessel pictures, with date and time stamp of the sampling equipment and the operational seal of the sampling point.
    6. Records of all the above shall be maintained for a period of at least three months from the date of the bunker delivery. Such records must be provided to MPA as and when requested.
    7. If the cargo officer is required to go onboard the visiting vessel, they should perform their activity expeditiously and are restricted to the ship's open deck, and not within accommodation space, engine room or pump room.
    8. The cargo officer must minimally wear a surgical mask and gloves as well as goggles/face shield (as appropriate), and shall maintain safe distance of at least 2 metres from the bunker surveyor or visiting ship’s crew at all times.
  • Bunker Crew:
    1. Bunker crew should avoid boarding the visiting vessels where possible, and the visiting vessel’s crew should be requested to assist in connecting and disconnecting the bunker hose to avoid having the bunker tanker crew board the visiting vessel.
    2. If the bunker crew is required to go onboard the visiting vessel, they should perform their activity expeditiously and any such activity should be restricted to the ship's manifold area in the open deck, and not within accommodation space, engine room or pump room.
    3. The bunker crew must minimally wear a surgical mask and gloves as well as goggles/face shield (as appropriate), and shall maintain safe distance of at least 2 metres from the bunker surveyor or visiting ship’s crew at all times.
  • Bunker Surveyors:
    1. If a bunker surveyor is engaged, he shall be allowed to conduct all his duties in accordance with the relevant bunkering standards.
    2. Bunker surveyor immediately upon boarding the visiting vessel shall confirm with the ship’s responsible officer that all crew are well onboard. He shall immediately stop work if he observes any crew onboard is visibly unwell while he is onboard.
    3. Bunker surveyor shall request the Master of the visiting ship to provide a suitable isolation area that has been appropriately sanitized for him to carry out his documentation work while onboard.
    4. The bunker surveyor must minimally wear a surgical mask and gloves as well as goggles/face shield (as appropriate), and shall maintain safe distance of at least 2 metres from the cargo officer, bunker crew or visiting ship’s crew at all times.
    5. The bunker surveyor shall limit his interactions with the cargo officer and bunker tanker crew, to what is necessary for the conduct of his work, when onboard the bunker tanker.
    6. When entering the accommodation space of the bunker tanker to verify status of critical alarm, the bunker surveyor shall do so promptly and expediently and practice safe distancing.
    7. During his stay onboard the visiting vessel, he shall preferably conduct his interactions with the visiting vessel crew (limited to only personnel involved in bunkering) on deck and always maintain a social distance of 2 metres.
    8. Avoid consumption of food or beverages prepared onboard the visiting vessels. Bunker surveyors shall not eat or share food /beverage/utensil in the ship’s mess together with the rest of the crew members. Bunker surveyors may bring along their own food, beverage and utensils for consumption of food, if required. As the removal of surgical masks increases the risk of exposure, any consumption of food shall be in a pre-disinfected isolated room.

The above list of interim precautionary measures is not exhaustive, and individual supplier/craft operator/bunker surveyor companies may wish to take other reasonable precautionary measures to minimise the risk of contracting COVID-19 to their personnel, while ensuring that bunkering operations in Singapore continue to be reliable, efficient and transparent.

As was separately communicated by MPA, we would like to remind those companies that are yet to make a one-time submission of your Safe Management Measures (SMM) for company personnel boarding vessels calling into Singapore port to MPA at [email protected] by 07 Sept 2020. Companies to only resubmit their SMM when there are any new revisions made to the measures in place.

We thank all stakeholders for your continuous efforts in ensuring that Singapore’s port operations remain uninterrupted and efficient. We also urge all to remain vigilant, resolute and united in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.


Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore 

Published: 1 September, 2020

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Singapore: EPS orders its first wind-assisted propulsion system for tanker

Firm signed a contract for its first ever wind-assisted propulsion system, partnering with bound4blue to install three 22-metre eSAILs® onboard “Pacific Sentinel”.

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Singapore: EPS orders its first wind-assisted propulsion system for tanker

Singapore-based Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS) on Thursday (22 February) said it signed a contract for its first ever wind-assisted propulsion system, partnering with bound4blue to install three 22-metre eSAILs® onboard the Pacific Sentinel

The turnkey ‘suction sail’ technology, which drags air across an aerodynamic surface to generate exceptional propulsive efficiency, will be fitted later this year, helping the 183-metre, 50,000 DWT oil and chemical tanker reduce overall energy consumption by approximately 10%, depending on vessel routing.

Suitable for both newbuilds and retrofit projects, the system delivers energy efficiency and cost savings for a broad range of vessels, regardless of their size and age.

Singapore: EPS orders its first wind-assisted propulsion system for tanker

José Miguel Bermudez, CEO and co-founder at bound4blue, said: “Signing an agreement with an industry player of the scale and reputation of EPS not only highlights the growing recognition of wind-assisted propulsion as a vital solution for maximising both environmental and commercial benefits, but also underscores the confidence industry leaders have in our proven technology.”

“It’s exciting to secure our first contract in Singapore, particularly with EPS, a company known for both its business success and its environmental commitment.”

“We see the company as a role model for shipping in that respect. As such this is a milestone development, one that we hope will pave the way for future installations across EPS’ fleet, further solidifying our presence in the region.”

Cyril Ducau, Chief Executive Officer at EPS, said: “EPS is committed to exploring and implementing innovative solutions that improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions across our fleet.” 

“Over the past six years, our investments in projects including dual fuel vessels, carbon capture, biofuels, voyage optimisation technology and more have allowed us to reduce our emissions intensity by 30% and achieve an Annual Efficiency Ratio (AER) of 3.6 CO2g/dwt-mile in 2023, outperforming our emission intensity targets ahead of schedule. The addition of the bound4blue groundbreaking wind assisted propulsion will enhance our efforts on this path to decarbonise.”

“With this project, we are confident that the emission reductions gained through eSAILs® on Pacific Sentinel will help us better evaluate the GHG reduction potential of wind assisted propulsion on our fleet in the long run.”

Pacific Sentinel will achieve a ‘wind assisted’ notation from class society ABS once the eSAILs® are installed. 

 

Photo credit: Eastern Pacific Shipping
Published: 23 February, 2024

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Vietnam: Two ships seized over 170,000 litres of unknown origin diesel oil

Vietnam Coast Guard said vessels were transporting various quantities of oil cargo: KG-91487- DR was transporting about 145,000 litres and KG-91602-TS transported about 25,000 litres.

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Vietnam: Two ships seized over 170,000 litres of unknown origin diesel oil

The Vietnam Coast Guard on Tuesday (20 February) said it seized a total of about 170,000 litres of unknown origin diesel oil in an operation. 

Patrol boats belonging to Coast Guard Region 4 Command detected two fishing boats – KG-91487- DR and KG-91602-TS – displaying several suspicious signs.

Initial investigations found all vessels without invoices and documents proving legal origin of the oil material.

The vessels were transporting various quantities of oil material: KG-91487- DR was transporting about 145,000 litres and KG-91602-TS transported about 25,000 litres.

The authorities made records of administrative violations,and escorted the vessels to Fleet Port 422 in Phú Quốc city, Kiên Giang province for further investigations and handling in accordance with the law.

 

Photo credit: Vietnam Coast Guard
Published: 23 February, 2024

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Galveston LNG Bunker Port joins SEA-LNG coalition

SEA-LNG said move will further enhance its LNG supply infrastructure expertise and global reach, while giving GLBP access to the latest LNG pathway research and networking opportunities.

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Galveston LNG Bunker Port joins SEA-LNG coalition

Galveston LNG Bunker Port (GLBP), a joint-venture between Seapath Group, one of the maritime subsidiaries of the Libra Group, and Pilot LNG, LLC (Pilot), a Houston-based clean energy solutions company, has joined SEA-LNG, according to the latter on Wednesday (21 February). 

SEA-LNG said the move will further enhance its LNG supply infrastructure expertise and global reach, while giving GLBP access to the latest LNG pathway research and networking opportunities.

GLBP was announced in September 2023 and will develop, construct and operate the US Gulf Coast’s first dedicated facility supporting the fuelling of LNG-powered vessels, expected to be operational late-2026.

The shore-based LNG liquefaction facility will be located on Shoal Point in Texas City, part of the greater Houston-Galveston port complex, one of the busiest ports in the USA. This is a strategic location for cruise ship LNG bunkering in US waters, as well as for international ship-to-ship bunkering and cool-down services. GLBP will offer cost-effective turn-key LNG supply solutions to meet growing demand for the cleaner fuel in the USA and Gulf of Mexico.

Jonathan Cook, Pilot CEO, said: “With an initial investment of approximately $180 million, our LNG bunkering facility will supply a vital global and U.S. trade corridor with cleaner marine fuel. We recognise that SEA-LNG is a leading partner and a key piece of the LNG bunkering sector, and will give us access to insights and expertise across the entire LNG supply chain.

“LNG supports environmental goals and human health by offering ship operators immediate reductions in CO2 emissions and virtually eliminating harmful local emissions of sulphur oxides (SOx), nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter.”

President of Seapath, Joshua Lubarsky, said: “We are very pleased to be supporting the decarbonization of the maritime industry through strategic, and much needed, investments into the supply of alternative fuels.  We are also happy to be a part of SEA-LNG which has done a wonderful job in advocating for advancements in technology in this vital sector.”

Chairman of SEA-LNG Peter Keller, said: “We’re proud to welcome another leading LNG supplier to the coalition and are looking forward to a mutually beneficial relationship. With every investment in supply infrastructure in the US and worldwide, the LNG pathway’s head start increases. Global availability, alongside bio-LNG and e-LNG development, makes LNG the practical and realistic route to maritime decarbonisation.

“All alternative fuels exist on a pathway from grey, fossil-based fuels to green, bio or renewable fuels. Green fuels represent a scarce resource and many have scalability issues, so we must start our net-zero journey today with grey fuels. LNG is the only grey fuel that reduces greenhouse gas emissions, well-to-wake, so you need less green fuel than alternatives to improve emissions performance.”

 

Photo credit: SEA-LNG
Published: 23 February, 2024

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