The first service is a MFM Quick-Screen, providing a field assessment of the MFM profile. The Surveyor collects and checks MFM field documents including pictures of the Meter profile. An MFM Technologist, then reviews each case for 23 parameters, highlighting which could potentially be in breach TR48 and gives a ‘PASS’ or ‘FAIL’ rating relative to TR48 requirements.

Christophe Lesnard, Head of Bunker Control & Claims of Energy Dept, and Cristian Popescu Bunker Owner Representative of Energy Dept of CMA CGM noted: “The partnership between CMA CGM and VPS in the development of these MFM monitoring services has assisted in providing real benefits and a higher level of transparency with respect to fuel delivery via MFM.  MFM is not a plug & play system. All parties involved in a MFM bunkering operation need to learn on a daily basis to decode the generated data and identify potential weaknesses.

The VPS MFM Quick-Screen data showed that 28% of fuel deliveries have failed to comply with TR48 due to parameters such as Tank Stripping, Line Clearing, Low Cut-off Values (LFC), the Minimum Measured Quantity (MMQ), Minimum Mass flow Rate (Qmin), Zero Verification, Damping, Aeration and Meter Totalizer Log.

A “Fail” VPS provide a detailed MFM investigation, including analysis of the MFM Profile ASCII file Raw Data and Transmitter Configuration Report. The average discrepancy discovered following the investigation service is currently a shortage of 67mt per investigation.

During 2017, the Maritime Port Authority (MPA) took strong action against fuel suppliers, by revoking their licences, after investigations discovered a number of unscrupulous fuel delivery-related operations.