MPA Singapore published a circular to inform all bunker suppliers and bunker craft operators licensed by the MPA Singapore on the requirements to supply biofuel within the Port of Singapore to vessels.
PA has developed a framework to allow licensed bunker suppliers to supply biofuel within the Port of Singapore to support trials conducted by vessels provided that the conditions of the framework are adhered to.
For the supply of biofuel to support trials on vessels, the bunker supplier is encouraged to supply International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) certified biofuel.
Quality of Biofuel
All bunker fuels supplied in the Port of Singapore shall meet ISO 8217 standards. The ISO 8217 is being revised to include additional requirements for blends of distillate and residual fuel oils with fatty acid methyl ester(s).
Therefore, MPA in consultation with relevant industry experts, has developed a provisional national standard on specifications of marine biofuel (WA 2:2022). This national standard has been developed under the purview of the Chemical Standards Committee (CSC), a committee under the Singapore Standards Council.
Bunker suppliers, bunker craft operators, bunker surveyors, shipowners, buyers, fuel oil testing laboratories are encouraged to make use of this standard (WA 2:2022).
Conditions to supply biofuel within the Port of Singapore to support trials of vessels
- The bunker supplier shall ensure that the mass flow meter (MFM) installed on the bunker craft is intended for the measurement of biofuel as supported by the MFM vendor with the uncertainty of measurement at not more than 0.5%;
- The biofuel supplied shall meet the density and kinematic viscosity specification requirements stated within the MFM approval letter issued by MPA for the bunker craft;
- The bunker supplier shall ensure that the flag Administration, and Class Society of the bunker craft approve or have no objection to the loading, carriage, and delivery of the biofuel onboard the bunker barge.
- The bunker supplier shall also ensure that Standards and Investigation – Marine Fuel (SIMF) is informed of the biofuel bunker delivery. The monthly statement on all bunker supplies made by the bunker supplier shall include the bunker supply of biofuel;
- The supply of biofuel as bunker should be sufficiently covered in the commercial agreement between bunker supplier and bunker buyer;
- The bunker supplier shall confirm that Master/owners of the receiving vessel has received the necessary exemption from the relevant flag Administration to conduct trials for the development of ship emission reduction , prior to the delivery;
- No blending shall be carried out on board the bunker craft within the Port of Singapore;
- The Certificate of Quality (COQ) shall be issued by the loading facility only and made available prior to the delivery of the biofuel in Singapore. Specifications shall comply with the specifications of ISO 8217:2017 which will be in accordance with the contractual agreement;
- All loading operations shall be carried out in accordance with all applicable statutory and port/ coastal State requirements;
- The biofuel blend shall also be tested for FAME and the results shall be incorporated within the COQ;
- The COQ shall be sent to SIMF a minimum of one day prior to the biofuel bunker delivery. Any additional information on the biofuel shall be provided to MPA upon request;
- The product name of the biofuel product supplied should be filled accordingly in the BDN;
- The bunker supplier shall maintain records to all relevant documentation.