new bunkering standards — Singapore Standard 660:2020 and Technical Reference
80:2020 — launched on Oct. 7 and related to mass flow meters will increase
transparency and provide further quality assurance in the maritime industry,
which is already reaping the benefits of productivity enhancements and cost
savings after the implementation of TR 48 in mid-2016, industry sources said.
They [standards] have strengthened Singapore’s position as a trusted
have contributed to the digitization efforts of the bunkering industry and
strengthened Singapore’s position as a trusted bunkering hub,” Choy Sauw Kook,
director-general quality & excellence at Enterprise Singapore, said Oct. 7
in a joint statement issued by Enterprise Singapore, the Maritime and Port
Authority of Singapore, the Singapore Chemical Industry Council, the Singapore
Development Organization and the Singapore Standards Council.
SS 660 for better accuracy and inventory management
SS 660 defines the
quantity measurement requirements during bunker cargo delivery from an oil
terminal to a bunker tanker using the Coriolis mass flow metering or MFM
system. It aims to harmonize the quantity measurement methods at oil terminals
and bunker tankers for better accuracy and inventory management.
TR 80 defines the
requirements and procedures for meter verification using a master MFM to verify
and check the stability and performance of a duty meter installed on a bunker
tanker or at an oil terminal.
world’s largest bunkering port, mandated the use of MFMs for fuel oil
deliveries from Jan. 1, 2017, and the use of MFMs for all distillates bunker
deliveries from July 1, 2019. MFMs measure the flow rate in the pipe, gauging
the quantity as well as the mass and density of the fuel.
The MPA since June 2016 has required adherence to TR 48
The MPA since June
2016 has required adherence to TR 48, the first standard that defines a set of
core requirements for metering system qualification, installation, testing,
procedures and documentation of bunker custody transfer using the Coriolis MFM
The TR 48 has the
potential to reap annual savings of between S$80 million [$58.8 million] and
S$199 million for the industry, according to the joint statement.
TR 48 upgraded to a Singapore Standard SS 648
TR 48 has since
been upgraded to a Singapore Standard SS 648, which includes new requirements
for distillate fuels and bunkers to meet the International Maritime
Organization regulations.TR 48 and SS 648 have also formed the basis for the
development of two ISO standards on bunkering, it added.
With the introduction of TR 48,
MFMs have reduced the time for bunkering operations and quantity disputes are a
thing of the past
When it comes to a
vessel making a stop and completing so many operations — cargo, crew change,
some repairs and bunkering — Singapore is ideal to get it done quickly and
efficiently, Peter William Beekhuis, Head of Trading, Asia, Middle East,
Oceania at Maersk Oil Trading, Singapore said. With the introduction of TR 48,
MFMs have reduced the time for bunkering operations, he said.
“With the MFMs, we
also don’t see as many [quantity] disputes. If we look at the introduction of
mass flow meters, after 2017 basically quantity disputes are a thing of the
past,” he said.
“They [MPA] did
not compromise the integrity of the system for customers around the world and
we think that is what makes a difference,” Timothy Cosulich, CEO of Fratelli
Cosulich said.The standards have improved not only the trading environment, but
also bunkering operations, he said.
Away from SIBCON,
a Singapore-based bunker trader said the development of bunkering standards
would also help to keep competition at bay.
With the MFM they are getting the volume they paid for
competing on price, we can attract shipowners to bunker in Singapore with the
MFM, which assures them that they are getting the volume they paid for,” he