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Poor pre-bunker checklist contributes to HSFO overflow

In its latest Safety Digest, the UK MAIB described an incident of a Heavy Sulphur Fuel Oil overflow during bunkering operation. MAIB highlighted that at least one of the two isolating valves that caused the incident could have been closed fully if it had been checked as per the checklist.

MPA Singapore conducts acceptance tests for MFM on bunker tankers

MPA Singapore announced that it has started the acceptance tests to roll out MFM on bunker tankers for the delivery of distillates. Namely, the use of Mass Flow Meters for bunker tankers to deliver distillates in the Port of Singapore will be Mandatory by 1 July 2019.

World’s first bunker delivery with blockchain technology completed

GoodFuels Marine and Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration, have successfully completed the world’s first bunker delivery and transaction using blockchain technology. The delivery was made to a Samskip vessel through a Reinplus Vanwoerden bunker barge in Rotterdam on September 7th.

BIMCO: Risk of fuel contamination to increase in 2020

Recent reports of a rise in fuel contamination cases have increased the industry’s concerns over quality of blended fuels. From 1 January 2020, a spike in demand for new low sulphur blends will greatly increase the risk of contamination, argues Lars Robert Pedersen, Deputy Secretary General of BIMCO.

Rotterdam to accommodate 0,5% sulphur fuel bunkering facility

Maersk and Royal Vopak, a tank storage operator active in Rotterdam’s bunker environment, have agreed to launch 0,5% sulphur fuel bunkering facility in Rotterdam. This initiative which will cater for almost 20% of Maersk global demand, will enable the company to deliver about 2.3mt per year.

Industry consortium to test blockchain use in bunkering

Blockchain technology experts Blockchain Labs for Open Collaboration announced, through Maritime Blockchain Labs, the establishment of a consortium to address traceability and transparency in the marine fuel supply chain, bringing together LR, Precious Shipping, Bostomar, BIMCO, IBIA, and GoodFuels.

Preventing Bunker Spills

Alvin Forster, Deputy Director (Loss Prevention) at North P&I Club, talks about bunker spills incidents and their impacts. Mr. Forster outlines the most common causes of bunker spills and says that they can lead to expensive claims, reaching several million dollars.

Broken valve causes oil spill while bunkering

In its Monthly Safety Scenario for July, the Swedish Club describes a case of an oil spill during a vessel’s bunkering operations. Following investigation, the Club recommended that all involved parties should be informed when tanks are switched and that crew should always ensure the valves are completely shut and working.

MPA Singapore revokes bunker craft operator licence of Pegasus

MPA Singapore conducted checks on Pegasus earlier this year, discovering that the company had allowed an unlicensed craft operator to use its bunker craft to make bunker deliveries. MPA revoked Pegasus bunker craft operator licence, and it will not be allowed to operate as a bunker craft operator in the Port of Singapore.

Ghana to create bunkering zones

Ghana’s Minister for Energy, Boakye Agyarko revealed that the country is creating a Ship-to-Ship and Bunker Zones outside Tema and Takoradi Ports to safeguard Ghana’s future liquid cargo sector. The African country also aims to reduce CO2 shipping emissions by 80% until 2050.


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