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Singapore: TotalEnergies Marine Fuels completes first digital bunker operation with MOL

TotalEnergies adopted Bunkerchain’s eBDN system, Touch and Sail, and subsequently supplied marine fuel to MOL-owned car carrier “Swallow Ace” on 2 February.

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TotalEnergies Marine Fuels on Thursday (29 February) said it conducted its first digital bunker delivery for Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) in Singapore.

TotalEnergies adopted Bunkerchain’s eBDN system, Touch and Sail, and subsequently supplied fuel to a MOL-owned car carrier, Swallow Ace, on 2 February, successfully issuing an eBDN in the process.

The transaction was also successfully transmitted to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore through the digital bunkering platform.

The operation places TotalEnergies Marine Fuels among the first bunkering companies in the world to digitalise its fuelling operations.

Louise Tricoire, Vice President of TotalEnergies Marine Fuels, said: “We are really proud of this achievement which not only improves the efficiency of our bunkering operations but ensures our processes are fit for purpose as the shipping industry transitions to a decarbonised future.”

“This operation keeps us ahead of regulatory requirements in Singapore and demonstrates our commitment to sustainability in the maritime sector and our approach to supporting our customers in their operations.”

Digitalizing bunkering eliminates the risk of human errors and saves on paperwork conducted during the operation by a number of people at varying times, some of which involves physical contact by crews from vessel to vessel as signatures are gathered and documents swapped. Just under 40,000 man-days a year could be saved by the industry by digitising bunkering, according to the MPA.

TotalEnergies Marine Fuels has been working with Bunkerchain since late 2022 when the two companies were involved in a biofuels bunkering trial directed by the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonization (GCMD). As part of that trial, TotalEnergies Marine Fuels partnered with the Jurong Port Universal Terminal (JPUT) and Bunkerchain to issue Electronic Certificates of Quantity (E-CQ) and Electronic Certificates of Quality (E-COQ).

Furthermore since 2020, TotalEnergies has been at the forefront as one of the earliest suppliers to commence issuing e-BDNs for its LNG bunker operations in Europe, utilising its chartered bunker vessels, the Gas Agility and Gas Vitality. Both vessels are owned by MOL.

 

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Published: 4 March 2024

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TFG Marine to acquire majority ownership of Spanish bunkering firm Vilma Oil Med

Acquisition will enable TFG Marine to supply vessels with a complete range of high-quality bunker fuel in West Mediterranean Sea which has long been the firm’s goal.

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TFG Marine to acquire majority ownership of Spanish bunkering firm Vilma Oil Med

TFG Marine, the global marine fuel supply and procurement joint venture between Trafigura Group Pte (Trafigura) and shipping firms Frontline and Golden Ocean, on Tuesday (16 April) announced that it has agreed to acquire majority ownership of Spanish bunkering company Vilma Oil Med for an undisclosed sum. 

The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

Over the last eighteen years Vilma Oil Med has developed a first-class bunkering service from the Port of Ceuta in the Strait of Gibraltar in the European West Mediterranean Sea. 

Operations are run from Madrid and include a 84k cbm storage terminal and a bunkering barge, supplying over 1,500 vessels each year.

Kenneth Dam, TFG Marine’s Global Head of Bunkering, said: “Today’s announcement enables TFG Marine to supply vessels with a complete range of high-quality bunker fuel in the West Mediterranean Sea which has long been our goal.”

“The Company’s bunkering vessel is currently being fitted with a mass flow meter, calibrated to the ISO 22192 international standard, further demonstrating our mission to bring transparency and encourage digitalisation and further decarbonisation by the bunker industry.”

Ernesto Fernández-Maquieira, Head of Marine Fuels at Vilma Oil Med, said: “We’re thrilled about onboarding with TFG Marine as it propels us into an exciting era of modernization and growth, promising opportunities for innovation and success.”

 

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Published: 17 April 2024

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Singapore: EnterpriseSG issues call for public comments on digital bunkering supply chain documentation

Call for public comments will be available for a two-month period from 5 April to 6 June 2024, learns bunkering publication Manifold Times.

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Government agency Enterprise Singapore (EnterpriseSG) on Friday (5 April) issued a call for public comments on the digital bunkering supply chain documentation standard, amongst others, learned bunkering publication Manifold Times.

The call for public comments will be available for a two-month period from 5 April to 6 June 2024.

Under the National Standardisation Programme, the public comment period is an important stage of standards development, states EnterpriseSG.

Members of the public are invited to provide feedback on draft Singapore Standards for publication and work item proposals for development and review of Singapore Standards and Technical References.

The establishment of Singapore Standards is done in accordance with the World Trade Organisation’s requirements for the development of national standards.

Specification for digital bunkering supply chain documentation

This standard specifies requirements for the main types of digital documents utilised and exchanged within bunkering supply chains, aligning with established business practices and bunkering standards such as SS 600, “Code of practice for bunkering by bunker tankers using tank gauging”, SS 648, “Code of practice for bunker mass flow metering” and SS 660, “Code of practice for bunker cargo delivery from oil terminal to bunker tanker using mass flow meter”.

This standard requires digital documents to conform to specific data specifications and document formats. Additionally, it requires users to adhere to defined processes for the issuance of these documents.

A Supplement that is in machine-interpretable format will also be provided when the standard is published. The Supplement is a data definitions file that programmers can use to automatically generate codes to promote data consistency across various IT systems.

Potential users of the standard include bunker suppliers, oil traders, oil terminals, bunker buyers, bunker surveyors, bunker fuel testing bodies, digital service providers, financial institutions, industry associations for banking/shipping and relevant government agencies.

Click here for instructions to access and submit comments on this draft Standard

Related: SIBCON 2022 Interview: Co-Convenors offer insights into Singapore’s upcoming Digital Bunker Document Standard

 

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Published: 17 April 2024

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SMW 2024: MPA partners with S&P Global and Bunkerchain in digital ship identity

MPA signed a MoU with S&P Global and Bunkerchain to use Singapore as test bed to trial and pilot use of digital ship identity in maritime applications such as digital port clearance and digital bunkering.

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SMW 2024: MPA partners with S&P Global and Bunkerchain in digital ship identity

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) on Tuesday (16 April) announced it signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with S&P Global Market Intelligence and Bunkerchain to pilot the use of digital ship identity in the republic. 

The signing took place at the ‘Accelerating Digitalisation and Decarbonisation Conference’ at Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) on the same day.

The parties agreed to use the Port of Singapore as the test bed to trial and pilot the use of digital ship identity in maritime applications such as digital port clearance and digital bunkering.

Digital identity refers to the unique representation of an entity in the digital world, which consists of various attributes and data that distinguishes it from others.

“Electronic transactions may be vulnerable to various risks as such identity fraud and data integrity breaches,” MPA said.

“Digital ship identity plays a crucial role in making electronic transactions more secure, trusted, and efficient in the maritime sector. When deployed in tandem with electronic signatures, these digital technologies will eliminate the need for physical ship stamps and wet ink signatures, and accelerate the transition towards a truly digital, secure, and paperless operations.”

MPA, together with Esri Singapore, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research’s Institute of High Performance Computing and the Technology Centre for Offshore and Marine, Singapore, also developed a digital twin proof-of-concept of a methanol bunkering leak incident. 

“The digital twin runs on an interactive web application that integrates weather and ocean current predictions and AIS data to present visualisation of chemical plume dispersions in the event of a bunkering incident involving alternative fuels,” it said.  

“The capability can help enhance planners’ understanding of the behaviour of the plume clouds under various conditions and guide the development of safety and incident response plans and standards.”

The port authority also announced a collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS), an Amazon.com company, to support the maritime industry’s digital transformation and green transition. 

MPA will tap on AWS services including cloud, artificial intelligence (AI), and digital twins to enhance the industry’s efficiency, safety, and sustainability outcomes. 

As part of the collaboration, MPA and AWS will develop the maritime Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (AI–ML) Digital Hub, the first-of-its-kind in ASEAN region. 

The AI–ML Digital Hub will leverage AWS cloud to enable the maritime industry to pilot innovative AI and generative AI (GenAI) capabilities to trial on the Green and Digital Shipping Corridors, optimising routes and fuel consumption, carbon emissions accounting, and just-in-time arrivals to help ships operate more efficiently, reduce greenhouse gases emissions, and enhance safety of operations.

A memorandum of understanding was signed between Mr David Foo, Assistant Chief Executive (Operations Technology), MPA and Ms Elsie Tan, Country Manager, Worldwide Public Sector, Singapore, AWS.

Related: SMW2024: 18th Singapore Maritime Week opens with ‘Actions meet Ambition’ theme
Related: SMW 2024: MPA to set up facility for maritime workforce to train in handling new bunker fuels
Related: SMW 2024: Singapore-Rotterdam Green and Digital Shipping Corridor partners to implement first-mover pilot projects

 

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Published: 16 April 2024

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