The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has begun acceptance tests to roll out mass flow meters on bunker tankers for the delivery of distillates, with the first test completed last month, the MPA said Wednesday.
“The first test was successfully completed in September 2018 and MPA is working closely with owners to schedule acceptance tests for all distillates bunker tankers,” it said in a statement.
Mass flow meters, or MFMs, measure the flow rate in the pipe, gauging the quantity as well as the mass and density of the fuel, and were first mandated at the Port of Singapore for marine fuel oil deliveries from January 1, 2017.
The MPA will mandate the use of MFMs for delivery of distillates at the Port of Singapore from July 1, 2019, the MPA had announced on April 26.
In May, the MPA said companies can apply to the MPA for co-funding of up to S$60,000 ($44,877) per bunker tanker.
“All existing bunker tankers licensed by MPA to deliver distillates as at April 26 [this year], are eligible for this co-funding except for those that have already received co-funding support from MPA when MFMs for marine fuel oil was implemented,” it had said in a circular at the time, adding that recipients of the funds will have to deploy their bunker tankers in Singapore for at least one year from the date of approval by MPA.
The use of the MFM system enhances transparency in the bunkering process, improves operational efficiency and increases the productivity of the bunker industry.
“MPA is on track to implement the mandatory use of MFM on all bunker tankers delivering distillates by 1 July 2019,?” it said.
Singapore is the world’s largest bunkering port. Sales of bunker fuel in Singapore in 2017 rose 4.2% year on year to a record 50.6million mt, MPA data showed in January.
Sources : .hellenicshippingnews.