According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) 29 out of 45 Singapore’s licensed bunker suppliers, have readily available 0.50% sulphur fuel oil, with all expect two having IMO 2020-compliant marine gasoil (MGO). Although, there are still several reports that some shipowners are struggling to find very low sulphur fuel (VLSFO).
Following a Heads of Agreement signed in June 2018, Singapore-based LNG company Pavilion Energy Singapore and Total Marine Fuels Global Solutions (TMFGS) have now signed a 10-year fully-termed deal to jointly develop an LNG bunker supply chain in the Port of Singapore.
MPA Singapore issued two marine notices focusing on the environmental marine protection, highlighting the importance of LNG use and informing of two new programs, concerning port waivers and the extension of the Green Port program.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) announced that the Pre-Arrival Notification (PAN) has been revised to incorporate the requirements for reporting on the use of compliant fuels in accordance with the fast approaching IMO 2020 sulphur cap.
Singaporean authorities are promoting LNG as the shipping’s fuel of the future, incentivizing the use of gas instead of bunker fuel for shipping companies. During her opening address at The Singapore Registry of Ships (SRS) Forum, Quah Ley Hoon, chief executive of the Maritime And Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore stated that beyond meeting the 2020 sulphur limit, the aim is to fully embrace sustainability and prepare for a lower-carbon future.
During the “2020 & Beyond” conference, MPA Singapore announced its future initiatives concerning the IMO 2020 transition, and its further steps to help shipowners and maritime stakeholders towards sustainability, digitalization and develop skilled maritime professionals.
The Singapore Standards Council issued a new Singapore Standard SS 6481 – Code of Practice for Bunker Mass Flow Metering (MFM), to support the industry’s switch to a low sulphur fuel oil regime and to improve the operational aspects for MFM bunkering.
Singaporean Keppel Offshore & Marine, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Keppel Nantong, is on track to deliver Singapore’s first dual-fuel bunker tanker. The vessel was named ‘Marine Vicky’ at a ceremony that took place in Keppel Nantong, China, on 3 September.
MPA Singapore issued a circular to remind the maritime community on the mandatory adoption of MPA-approved Mass Flow Metering (MFM) system for all distillates bunker delivery in the Port of Singapore, starting from 1 July 2019.
During her opening address on the enforcement of the 2020 sulphur cap, MPA Singapore’s Chief Executive, Quah Ley Hoon, said that vessel will be chosen for inspection according to a risk matrix. The matrix will consider the compliance option of the ship and if a Fuel Oil Non-Availability Report has been submitted.
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