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Trilogy Petroleum starts bunkering ops with MFM-equipped road tanker

13 Sep 2019

Trilogy Petroleum, the exclusive trader and agent for Singapore bunker supplier Cathay Marine Fuel Oil Trading, has started marine gas oil (MGO) bunker delivery operations with Singapore’s first mass flowmeter (MFM) equipped road tanker.

“We will be supplying MGO to international vessels at ferry terminals and we will be starting operations in the third week of September,” Alex Ow Yong, Chairman of Trilogy Petroleum, told Manifold Times.

“We got the whole idea by emulating from the local marine bunkering industry’s success of using MFM technology for custody fuel transfer. MFMs are something reliable, accurate and transparent – so it is worth the money.

“This development is something new for shore side bunkering; we are starting with one vehicle first and plan to expand our land-based fleet in the future.”

Ow Yong noted the company was finally able to get letters of no objection and clearances from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and other related government agencies after spending a few years pursuing the idea.

“It was not an easy task,” he said while adding, “we finally got the relevant approvals for the proposed operation on 18 June, 2018 and took about a year to complete the whole process of setting the system up, including engaging of MFM vendors, installation, and more.”

The Technical Reference for Bunker Mass Flow Metering (TR 48:2015) has been originally developed for the custody transfer of marine fuel using bunker tankers.

Ow Yong clarifies the principles of TR 48:2015 have been transferred and applied onto the MFM bunkering system of the road tanker; which means the unit is within +/-0.5% overall measurement uncertainty.

The MGO product delivered by Trilogy Petroleum is in compliance with IMO 2020 requirements and comes complete with a Certificate of Quality from oil majors.

“The whole bunkering process is somewhat similar to what the marine side is doing where we also engage proper documentation, surveyors and cargo officers,” he shares.

“It is just like fuel deliveries using a bunker tanker, except this time the tanker is on the land instead.

“We have to adapt to changes and embrace technology to move forward; this is the only way to survive.”

Photo credit: Trilogy Petroleum
Published: 13 September, 2019


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