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Singapore: MPA publishes guidelines for bunker suppliers in preparation of e-BDN launch

MPA will require all bunkering operations in Singapore to go digital such as usage of electronic processes and documentation after this initial period, which will be announced at a later date.

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The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Friday (27 October) issued Port Marine Circular No 12 of 2023 which outlines guidelines for the use of digital bunkering service for the bunker supplier, bunker craft operator and the vessel receiving bunkers as well as a sample of electronic bunker delivery note (eBDN) issued in Singapore: 

DIGITAL BUNKERING 

This circular serves to inform the community that digital bunkering will commence in the Port of Singapore from 1st November 2023. From 1st November 2023, bunker suppliers can start issuing electronic bunker delivery note (eBDN) and bunkering documentation required under the Singapore Standard (SS 648 – Code of practice for bunker mass flow metering) through the digital bunkering solutions whitelisted by MPA. Please refer to Annex A for a sample eBDN issued in Singapore (for illustration purposes only).

MPA has whitelisted the digital bunkering solutions to ensure conformance to bunkering standards, cybersecurity, baseline functionality, risk management and regulatory reporting requirements. The list of whitelisted solutions is published on MPA website (link) and will be progressively updated as new digital bunkering solutions become available. 

MPA will require all bunkering operations in Singapore to go digital (i.e., use electronic processes and documentation) after this initial period, which will be announced at a later date. As such all MPA licenced bunker suppliers and craft operators are strongly encouraged to adopt digital bunkering at the earliest possible, for the familiarisation of the cargo officers and crew. Please see Annex B which provides the guidelines for the use of digital bunkering service for the bunker supplier, bunker craft operator and the vessel receiving bunkers. 

The adoption of digital bunkering will increase efficiency of bunkering operations in the Port of Singapore. The MPA will continue to explore and work with the industry on other enhancements, including automating the data flow from Mass Flow Meters.

 Should you have any queries, please write to us at [email protected] or [email protected].

SAMPLE ELECTRONIC BUNKER DELIVERY NOTE

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  • Security features include: (1) locked to protect from edits, (2) QR code for manual verification, and (3) electronic verification via a verification facility.
  • The eBDN also contains an attachment with machine readable/ interpretable data file, conforming to standardised formats and semantics, to enable interoperability by different IT systems.

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR BUNKER SUPPLIERS & BUNKER CRAFT OPERATORS

For a smooth and efficient transition into digital bunkering, bunker suppliers and bunker craft operators should adopt the following measures:

I. Equip the barges with reliable internet connection on board, e.g., 5G/4G/LTE antenna, Satcomm, etc. The barges may also share their Wi-Fi hotspot with the receiving vessel if required.

II. Provide sufficient training for the cargo officer. i.e., usage of the whitelisted digital bunkering solution(s) to complete the bunkering workflow and documentation electronically.

III. Inform the customer, Master / Owner of the receiving vessel and surveyor, if engaged, in advance on the issuance of bunkering documentations electronically. This is to provide sufficient time for the receiving vessel to access the domain/URL(s) and receive emails with hyperlinks from whitelisted digital bunkering solution(s), and also prepare their electronic vessel/ company stamp.

IV. A user manual should be prepared and provided to the crew of the vessel receiving bunkers to explain the use of the digital platform smoothly.

GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR VESSELS RECEIVING BUNKER

The receiving vessel should adopt the following measures:

I. Corporate ICT Policy

a. Whitelist the domain/URL(s) and email sender to allow access to the digital bunkering solution(s), and prepare the electronic vessel stamp in advance for uploading.

b. Provide the Chief Engineer a device/computer with internet access during the port stay in Singapore.

II. Infrastructure and network

a. Provide reliable network on-board, e.g., subscribe to satellite communications packages with good max-info-rate and committed-info-rate, backup satellite communications, 4G/5G coastal plans, etc. Alternatively, the receiving vessel may also request to tap on Wi-Fi hotspot if available, from the bunker

barge’s representative or bunker surveyor (if engaged).

b. Carry out technology updates to ensure periodic refresh of IT assets, equipment and infrastructure. c. Ensure that the web browsers are up to date and security patched. 

d. IT system maintenance to be planned to minimise disruption of transmission during the bunkering operation, as it could impact smooth transmission of data and documents between the bunker barge and the vessel receiving the bunkers. 

III. Human factors 

a. Brief the Chief Engineer/ ship’s crew on digital bunkering system processes and issuance of bunkering documentations electronically in Singapore.

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Published: 27 October, 2023

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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. 

 

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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.”

 

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Published: 23 February, 2024

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VARO and Orim Energy to supply bio bunker fuels in ARA region

VARO will source, produce and blend various waste and advanced bio feedstocks to high quality bunker fuel specs; Orim will source fuel and gas oils for blending and deliver final biofuel blends to vessels.

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VARO and Orim Energy to supply bio bunker fuels in ARA region

VARO Energy (VARO) on Wednesday (21 February) said it is partnering with Orim Energy (Orim) to provide shipping customers in the Port of Rotterdam – and wider Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp (ARA) region - with biofuels. 

The agreement supports the decarbonisation of maritime transportation and inland shipping in Northern Europe. It also contributes to the wider targets set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to reduce the total annual GHG emissions from shipping by at least 20% by 2030 and at least 70% by 2050, compared with 2008 levels.

Current demand for Fuel Oil in ARA , Europe’s largest bunkering hub, is approximately 14 million tonnes per year. Supported by new EU regulations, the market for B30, a blend of 70% Fuel Oil and 30% biofuels, is expected to grow rapidly to the end of the decade. As a result of this joint initiative, VARO and Orim will be well positioned to meet this increased demand and support the decarbonisation plans of their shipping customers.

VARO’s biofuels trading capabilities and growing biofuel manufacturing asset base will complement Orim’s extensive distribution, storage and bunkering capabilities in ARA. Under the agreement, VARO will source, produce and blend various waste and advanced bio feedstocks to high quality bunker specifications. Orim will source the fuel and gas oils for blending and deliver the final biofuel blends to customers’ vessels.

VARO has a long track record of providing biofuels for maritime logistics. Since 2018, the company has supplied the Port of Rotterdam with HVO100 (100% Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil “HVO”) for use with the Port’s service fleet. In 2023 VARO signed an agreement with Höegh Autoliners to supply the company with 100% advanced biofuels for its shipping fleet.

The partnership is aligned with VARO’s strategy to become the partner of choice for customers in the energy transition by providing them with the low-carbon energy solutions they need to decarbonise.

Dev Sanyal, CEO of VARO, said: “Meeting rising demand for blended biofuels is critical to achieving the EU and IMO’s decarbonisation targets for shipping. Our experience in biofuels, combined with Orim’s logistics and bunkering operations, will help meet this demand at Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port facility. I am delighted to be entering into a strategic partnership with Orim and to further build on VARO’s long-established presence in Rotterdam. This is another step in our journey to enable the decarbonisation of the maritime sector.

Edwin Coppens, Managing Director of Orim, said: “Upcoming EU and IMO regulations drive the need to scale up with biofuels and ensure quality assurance going forward. Partnering with VARO allows us to do just that, using each other’s strengths to optimize our blending expertise and network. We will benefit from VARO’s extensive experience with biofuels, which includes joint testing with leading ship engine suppliers. Together, we can increase our sourcing and supply capabilities, extending our reach and further strengthening our position in the ARA region.”

 

Photo credit: VARO Energy
Published: 23 February, 2024

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