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SMTC 2021: Further bunkering related tech initiatives in the works at Singapore port, shares SSA

‘MPA is also looking at a digital-base monitoring system during bunker supply. Like the rest of the industry, I am also looking to hear more details from MPA on this,’ says Caroline Yang.




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The following interview arranged by Informa Connect is part of pre-event coverage for the upcoming Singapore Maritime Technology Conference 2021 (SMTC 2021), where Manifold Times is an official media partner. Readers can find out more about the virtual hybrid event which takes place between 19 to 22 April by clicking on the link here.

Marine refuelling operations have come a long way since the days of steamships and is poised to advance further with the help of technology, says the President of the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA).

“The term ‘bunkering’ originated in the days of steamships when coal was the main fuel and was stored in bunkers,” Caroline Yang tells Singapore bunkering publication Manifold Times in an interview.

“Technology has enabled ships to be more advanced, and has changed and helped improve bunkering operations. So without a doubt, technology definitely has a role to play in bunkering.”

Yang, also the Chief Executive of Singapore bunker supplier Hong Lam Marine, was keen to share how the application of Coriolis Mass Flow Meters and digital technology has helped Singapore cement itself as a world-class bunkering port.

“With Mass Flow Meters (MFM) installed on bunker tankers for bunker delivery in the Port of Singapore, efficiency, productivity and transparency in bunkering is greatly enhanced,” she says.

“With digital technology, Singapore has seen its bunker volume increasing year by year after MFM was introduced on bunker tankers from 2012 and mandated from 2017.

“Additionally, the annual volume of bunkers has been delivered by a smaller number of modern efficient bunker tankers with faster turn-around time.”

Yang notes Hong Lam Marine participating extensively in test-bedding of the MFM with other bunker tankers, bunker supplier ExxonMobil Asia Pacific, meter vendors Endress+Hauser and Emerson, and various authorities including the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, National Metrology Centre and Weights and Measures Office when the project started in 2009.

Notably, the first two bunker tankers approved for bunker delivery through the MFM system were Hong Lam Marine’s M.T. Emissary in 2012 and M.T. Demure in 2013.

“Hong Lam Marine has also acquired many modern bunker tankers since then adopting diesel-electric propulsion for fuel economy and reduce air pollution, unmanned machinery space to reduce manpower, remote-controlled winches and cargo/ballast valves operation to improve efficiency, and other features to reduce maintenance cost,” she adds.

The republic, meanwhile, has invested in other bunkering-related technology initiatives such as electronic bunker delivery notes (e-BDNs), the delivery of bunker from terminals using MFM (SS 660:2020), and the verification of MFM on bunker tanker using a Master Meter (TR 80:2020) to enhance the local bunkering sector – with the close participation of SSA.

“The e-BDN is the upcoming initiative that the industry can look forward to. There are already solutions in the market and at SSA, we see ourselves as creating the awareness to the industry and at the same time, encourage our Members to be part of the digitalisation journey together as soon as we can,” says Yang.

“From what we know, MPA is also looking at a digital-base monitoring system during bunker supply. Like the rest of the industry, I am also looking to hear more details from MPA on this.

“For SSA, what I can say is that we play a very active role to encourage members to embrace digitalisation and technology. Over the last couple of years, SSA collaborated with MPA and IMDA on various initiatives such as the Maritime Digitalisation Playbook (MDP) and the Industry Digital Plan (Plan) which charts out digital solutions that SMEs in the harbourcraft and bunkering sector can adopt.

“SSA members want to digitalise and they have ideas too. To ensure that proposed solutions/plans are able to meet current and future needs, they would need clarity from the authorities on the expectations and regulations that are still evolving.”

Moving forward, Yang believes the shipping sector should stay updated on technology trends to remain relevant.

“The bunkering industry, like many other shipping sectors, have undergone tremendous changes and we can expect more developments with emerging technologies, availability of alternative fuels and emerging technologies, not to mention the IMO 2050 emission targets,” she explains.

“With such constant evolvements, it will be hard to remain relevant if one does not keep abreast of industry development or latest technology and equipment.”

Note: Caroline Yang is among panellists at the Singapore’s Digital Vision Dialogue: Transformation for The Next Frontier onsite + online live stream roundtable. The session is scheduled to take place on Tuesday (20 April) at 09:40 SGT as part of SMTC 2021.

Photo credit: Hong Lam Marine Pte Ltd

Published: 15 April, 2021

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Kongsberg Digital and Royston combine electronic marine fuel management systems

Combined solution allows customers to maximise investment in fuel sensors by extending their use across the full range of Vessel Insight’s applications.





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A partnership enabling ship owners to optimise fuel consumption, enhance transparency, and promote decarbonisation of vessel operations by combining Kongsberg Digital's Vessel Insight with enginei – Royston's Electronic Fuel Management System was started on Tuesday (27 February).

Royston, with over 40 years of experience in marine engineering, has established itself as a trusted service provider to blue-chip customers across various market sectors. With a global presence, enginei is used in more than 300 vessels worldwide. This modular and solution-oriented fuel management product incorporates advanced tools to provide valuable insights to ship crew and onshore operational staff.

enginei offers reliable data and dynamic reports, which are recorded and visually represented on a touchscreen bridge display and online dashboard. By reducing fuel consumption, enginei helps improve the carbon footprint and enhances the bottom line, enabling clients to remain competitive, compliant, and cost-efficient.

The combined solution of Vessel Insight, Kongsberg Digital's vessel-to-cloud infrastructure, and enginei exemplifies the power of industry collaboration. The combined solution allows customers to maximise their investment in fuel sensors by extending their use across the full range of Vessel Insight’s applications. As regulations and industry demand more accurate fuel consumption data, our combined solution delivers a reliable and centralised source of important information, fulfilling reporting needs and enabling data-driven decision-making.

"This partnership between Kongsberg Digital and Royston represents a significant milestone in the maritime industry's digital transformation journey. By harnessing the power of data and advanced technology together, we will help ship owners make more informed decisions, enhance efficiency, and contribute to lower carbon emissions in the maritime industry.", said Kim Evanger, Director of Ecosystem P&A at Kongsberg Digital,

"We are excited about the opportunities this partnership brings," said Sarah Wade, CEO of Royston Limited. "By leveraging our respective strengths and capabilities, we are well-positioned to deliver unparalleled value to our clients, enabling them to remain competitive and achieve sustainable growth in today's dynamic market."

"By working together, we are accelerating innovation, reducing carbon emissions, and equipping our clients to thrive in an increasingly digital environment. This collaboration is a prime example of our devotion to helping our clients succeed and our commitment to quality."


Photo credit: Kongsberg
Published: 1 March 2024

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Wärtsilä introduces ammonia bunker fuel supply system for vessels

AFSS is an innovative and reliable system that enables the use of ammonia as a marine fuel, says firm.





Wärtsilä introduces ammonia bunker fuel supply system for vessels

Wärtsilä Gas Solutions, part of technology group Wärtsilä, on Tuesday (27 February) introduced an Ammonia Fuel Supply System (AFSS) for ships able to operate with ammonia as a bunker fuel. The system is available for both liquid and gaseous fuel.

The Wärtsilä AFSS is an innovative and reliable system that enables the use of ammonia as a marine fuel.

In line with shipping’s transition to decarbonised fuels, ammonia is widely seen as one of the most promising new fuel candidates.

It offers a huge reduction in CO2 emissions, almost zero sulphur oxide (SOx) emissions, and similar reductions in nitrogen oxide (NOx) and particulate matter (PM) emissions.

“At Wärtsilä Gas Solutions we have more than 50 years’ experience in handling ammonia onboard ships,” said Stein Thoresen, Head of Sales Marine, Wärtsilä Gas Solutions.

“This experience, along with our deep understanding and development of high efficiency cargo handling systems in general, has led to the introduction of this system, which we see as a key enabler for decarbonised operations. The AFSS is designed to be robust and reliable, under even the most challenging sea conditions.”

The AFSS is suitable for both newbuilds and as a retrofit for existing vessels. It can be installed as an integrated cargo handling and fuel supply system on ships carrying liquified gas especially those able to trade ammonia as cargo, such as VLGC’s and MGC’s.

It can also be installed as a self-standing fuel supply system on IGF-coded vessels with either low or high-pressure systems, or a combination of both.

A system consisting of pumps and heat exchangers is used to supply the engine with a stable and reliable fuel flow, at the correct pressure and temperature.

The AFSS systems are equipped with proven components, including the necessary purge gas treatment system. Due to the need for high cleanness of the fuel, proper filtering is installed upstream and is embedded in the system.

The first Wärtsilä Ammonia Fuel Supply Systems will be installed on two new gas carriers being built at the Hyundai Mipo Dockyards (HMD) in Korea for Exmar LPG. These Medium Gas Carrier newbuilds will be the first ever oceangoing vessels to be propelled by dual-fuel engines capable of operating with ammonia.


Photo credit: Wärtsilä
Published: 29 February 2024

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BMT Bunker completes digital delivery using FuelBoss by DNV

BMT Bunker und Mineralöltransport GmbH completed a digital delivery of 1,254 metric tonnes of Neste Marine™ 0.5% using FuelBoss.





BMT Bunker completes digital delivery using FuelBoss by DNV

Classification society DNV’s digital bunkering delivery platform FuelBoss on Monday (26 February) said German physical supplier BMT Bunker und Mineralöltransport GmbH completed a digital delivery of 1,254 metric tonnes of Neste Marine™ 0.5% using FuelBoss.

FuelBoss said the event marked an important milestone in our continued push to support all marine fuels.

Matthias Milz, Sales and Supply at BMT, said: "With the constant changes in marine fuels, leveraging tools like FuelBoss helps us maintain our edge." 

Leonard Haskamp, Sales, Supply and Biofuels at BMT, said: "It's not just about streamlining operations; it's about ensuring our customers are delighted with their fuel procurement and delivery experience."

According to FuelBoss, the following are considerations to take into account to utilise FuelBoss as solution for eBDN and Digital Delivery:

  • Time Efficiency: Save over 45 minutes per operation, boosting your operational efficiency significantly.
  • Advanced Insights & Transparency: Get a comprehensive overview of all operations, allowing real-time delivery updates, informed decision-making and optimisation.
  • Proven Expertise: With 2500+ successful operations across Europe, Asia and the Americas, our experience speaks volumes about our commitment and capability.

Martin Christian Wold, Head of Product at FuelBoss by DNV, said: “Everyone knows it is time to consider a solution for eBDN, and people are asking what the value and return of investment on digitalisation are, at FuelBoss we tell them that it is immediate.”

In an exclusive interview, FuelBoss told Manifold Times it recently expanded operations to include conventional bunker fuels.

To date, the independent platform has started facilitating conventional marine fuel deliveries in Europe and is in the process of being whitelisted by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

Related: DNV FuelBoss coverage expands to include conventional bunker fuels, whitelisting by MPA in process


Photo credit: FuelBoss
Published: 28 February, 2024

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