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Zhoushan Customs online platform continues to streamline bonded bunkering op applications

Multiple people had to go through multiple ports in the past, but now one person can complete the online declaration of all materials while sitting in the office, says Hu Jiawei, a fuel supply salesperson.

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Zhoushan Customs online platform continues to streamline bonded bunkering op applications

Zhoushan Customs, a subsidiary of Hangzhou Customs, has continued to use the “one-stop acceptance” online platform to streamline bonded bunkering operation applications, making approvals more efficient, according to Hangzhou Customs on Wednesday (13 December).

Bunker fuel suppliers can access this platform, and submit relevant information online. The approval results from the port regulatory authorities are then fed back to the enterprises in real time through the platform. 

“This platform has the dual functions of approval and transparency. It not only simplifies the import and export customs clearance procedures for enterprises and improves the efficiency of customs clearance of ships bunkering here, but also enables the whole process to be viewed by enterprises in real time, meeting the basic requirements of administrative law enforcement and publicity,” Xu Degang, chief of the Bonded Supervision Section of Zhoushan Customs, who participated in building this platform, said.

Hu Jiawei, a fuel supply salesperson at Chimbusco Marine Bunker (Zhoushan) co., Ltd, said he was impressed with the platform after experiencing the “one-stop acceptance” service for bonded bunkering operations.

“It’s so fast and worry-free to apply for bonded bunkering for international sailing ships. In the past, multiple people had to go through multiple ports, but now one person can complete the online declaration of all materials while sitting in the office, with no more than one trip to the site or even the need for someone to do so. It’s so convenient to run and see the progress of the process in real time,” he said. 

In 2022, Zhoushan Customs accepted 5.3478 million metric tonnes of bonded bunker fuel supply declarations, a year-on-year increase of 6.90%. In 2023, Zhoushan Port is set to become the fourth largest bunkering port in the world. 

Manifold Times previously reported Hangzhou Customs stating the efficiency of bunkering operations at Zhoushan has improved due to a locally implemented ‘one-stop acceptance’ platform allowing a  streamlined process for the approval of bunkering operations. 

Related: Zhoushan bunkering ops improve efficiency with ‘one-stop acceptance’ platform

Photo credit: Hangzhou Customs
Published: 20 December, 2023

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Singapore-based Opulent Maritime selects ADP Clear e-BDN solution

Marine fuel oil trading firm Opulent Maritime will be utilising ADP Clear’s platform as their electronic Bunker Delivery Note solution for their fleet of four barges.

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Singapore-based Opulent Maritime selects ADP Clear e-BDN solution

Singapore-based marine fuel oil trading firm Opulent Maritime has selected ADP Clear to enable its digital bunkering operations, according to the latter on Wednesday (24 July). 

ADP Clear said more than 3,000 bunker deliveries have been performed over its platform.

Through this agreement, Opulent Maritime will be utilising ADP Clear's platform as their electronic Bunker Delivery Note (eBDN) solution for their fleet of four barges. 

ADP Clear said this ensured compliance with the Singapore MPA's eBDN requirements, promoting transparency and efficiency throughout the bunkering process.

"We are thrilled to implement the Advanced Delivery Platform across our bunkering operations in Singapore. Having tried other eBDN solutions, we feel that ADP is the best product on the market for our needs," said Matthew Ong, Shipping Manager at Opulent Maritime. 

"Our crews and customers find ADP intuitive to use and we are especially impressed with its superior connectivity as well as its offline capabilities which ensure the eBDN process always functions smoothly even when our vessels don't have access to wireless networks.”

“Cyber security is very important to Opulent Maritime and ADP's data protection standards and secure blockchain architecture provide us the surety that we need."

"We are excited to be entrusted by Opulent Maritime to lead their digital transition, adding efficiency to their operations and those of their customers by leveraging real-time data and electronic documentation," said Eunice Low, Business Development Manager at ADP Clear.

Related: Singapore: MPA adds ADP Clear as whitelisted solution provider for e-BDN

 

Photo credit: ADP Clear
Published: 25 July 2024

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DNV: Leading maritime cities driving decarbonization of shipping

Dr Shahrin Osman, Business Development Director, DNV Maritime Advisory and co-author of Leading Maritime Cities report, explains the central importance that decarbonization and digitalization occupy within shipping.

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Dr Shahrin Osman, Business Development Director, DNV Maritime Advisory

Dr Shahrin Osman, Business Development Director, DNV Maritime Advisory and co-author of the Leading Maritime Cities report, explained the central importance that decarbonization and digitalization occupy within shipping in this article published on Tuesday (23 July). 

He outlined how maritime cities are the centres of gravity driving this forward, facilitating innovation and coming up with the solutions which are needed for shipping to reach its ambitious decarbonization goals:

The Leading Maritime Cities report shines a light on the key cities driving the maritime industry forward. With decarbonization and digitalization key factors in today’s maritime world, the report’s co-author explains how these are being advanced by activities in the leading maritime cities.

The latest edition of the Leading Maritime Cities (LMC) report was published in April this year. The collaboration between DNV and Menon Economics delivers fresh insights into the maritime cities which offer the best policy measures, infrastructure and supporting institutions, and how these are driving advancements in the maritime industry.

Leading maritime cities in a world of transition

The LMC report recognizes the central importance that decarbonization and digitalization occupy within shipping. The impact of these two dimensions cuts across the traditional pillars that cities are benchmarked on. To address their transformative effect, this year’s report introduces new indicators – such as capabilities in the adoption of digital technologies and automated processes for port operations, and proactivity in implementing green and sustainable financing practices.

“The maritime industry is in the midst of a major transformation,” says Dr Shahrin Osman, Business Development Director, DNV Maritime Advisory and co-author of the report. “Decarbonization targets mean that the entire industry is looking at how it can undergo a transformation of technologies and fuels to reduce emissions, all of this being supported by advances in digitalization.”

Singapore dominates rankings with strong decarbonization efforts

“Maritime cities are the centres of gravity driving this forward. This is where the leading companies and talents are residing and where the real transformations are taking place. They provide platforms for progress and serve as conduits, linking the industry with the wider global economy.”

Like in the previous edition of this report in 2022, a combination of objective and subjective indicators are used to rank the different cities. Singapore was once again recognized as the leading maritime city, followed by Rotterdam and London, with Shanghai and Oslo making up the remainder of the top five. The Asian city-state hit the top spot in three out of the report’s five pillars, retaining its position as leader in Attractiveness and Competitiveness and overtaking Athens and Shanghai in Shipping Centres and Ports and Logistics. Much of this is due to Singapore’s strong positioning towards decarbonization.

The Silicon Valley of the maritime industry

“Driven by key bodies like the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore and the Global Centre for Maritime Decarbonization, Singapore has a forward-leaning, future-ready approach. They look at things not just for the next few years, but for the next decade,” says Shahrin. “This includes policies towards building up a multi-fuel infrastructure, the electrification of harbour craft, and the promotion of green shipping corridors.”

“Overall, this has made Singapore an attractive location for shipping businesses, to the point where we now regard it as the Silicon Valley of the maritime industry.”

Government policies driving the green transition in key cities

As the example of Singapore has shown, strong, progressive government policy is one of the key factors behind the evolution of maritime cities, underpinning a forward-leading approach. This can attract companies and top talent to a city, while creating a competitive economic environment with well-developed infrastructure can encourage these actors to stay.

“This is especially relevant for decarbonization initiatives, where returns on investments take longer, and are dependent on wider infrastructure being in place,” says Shahrin. “Government support mechanisms can be crucial in facilitating innovation, so that new products and solutions can be developed.”

Shahrin points to the Norwegian Green Shipping Programme as a prime example of good government policy in action. This brings together public and private actors to overcome key decarbonization barriers, supported by funding from the Norwegian parliament.

Attraction of talent to cities key to progress

Central to the attractiveness and competitiveness of a maritime city is its ability to attract and retain top talent. The presence of research and educational institutions can help to develop talent within that location. The availability of professional opportunities and general high standards of living will encourage leading talents to relocate.

“Achieving technological progress is dependent on aggregating available knowledge that could otherwise be located in silos, and bringing it all together in clusters,” says Shahrin.

Note: DNV’s full Maritime Impact can be viewed here

 

Photo credit: DNV
Published: 24 July 2024

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Columbia Group launches solution to help ship owners comply with FuelEU Maritime

Firm said the platform creates transparency in managing the fuel life cycle from bunkers supply to consumption and emissions; can collect, clean, analyse and forecast emissions data.

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Philippos Ioulianou, Director of Energy and Renewables at Columbia Group

Columbia Group on Tuesday (16 July) said it has launched a new one-stop shop platform to help ship owners comply with the new FuelEU Maritime regulations. 

The introduction of Fuel EU Maritime restrictions that will enforce a reduction of carbon intensity levels on vessels by 2% next year is a challenge ship owners and managers trading in and out of EU waters will need to address and prepare for over the next six months.

The firm said the platform creates transparency in managing the fuel life cycle from bunkers supply to consumption and emissions. It can collect, clean, analyse and forecast emissions data. By using this platform, clients can feel safe in the knowledge they have a reliable partner who can also help them create long-term green strategies for the future.

“Thanks to its amazing technology and the use of AI, it can streamline these processes, providing accurate and efficient solutions that adapt to the evolving regulatory landscape,” it said.

Philippos Ioulianou, Director of Energy and Renewables at Columbia Group, said: “These new restrictions are going to have a big impact for owners and managers and it’s important they look at what measures they are going to need to take to comply with the regulations and to avoid hefty fines. 

“At Columbia Group, we believe that sustainability and profitability can go hand in hand.”

“We will be able to not only help our clients put measures in place to reduce their carbon intensity levels but we can also handle inputting and analysing the data as well.”

“Our mission is to empower the shipping industry with the tools and knowledge they need to achieve their environmental goals while maintaining competitive advantage. Through continuous innovation and dedicated support, we are committed to driving the global transition to a low-carbon economy.”

 

Photo credit: Columbia Group
Published: 17 July 2024

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