Singapore to tighten maritime fuel rules

posted by Francis Churchill
10 October 2018

Singapore is planning to introduce stricter controls over the marine fuel sector, it has been reported.

Enterprise Singapore, a statutory standards body, has said it has received a proposal from the Technical Committee for Bunkering for new standards on quantity, measuring and sampling requirements on bunker fuel using mass flow metering (MFM), Reuters reported.

A spokesperson told the news agency the proposed standards would “ensure transparent and fair trade in the bunkering ecosystem”.

MFM is a method of transferring fuel to ships that makes the process more transparent and helps assure buyers they are receiving the quantity of fuel paid for. It is already in use in Singapore.

In January 2017 the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), the world’s leading bunkering port by volume, became one of the first to make MFM mandatory.

The port has already said it will expand the use of mandatory MFM to include the delivery of distillates – more refined and less sulphurous fuels – starting July 2019.

The news came the day after the start of the Singapore International Bunkering Conference, which was opened by minister of state for transport and health Lam Pin Min.

In his opening speech, Lam praised the work done by the port authority to prepare for incoming emission regulations being introduced by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

“Even as we continue to strive for more efficient bunker transactions, we are also developing new capabilities that will encourage the use of cleaner marine fuels,” he said.

“MPA is working closely with the industry to ensure that Singapore is ready to supply low-sulphur compliant fuels ahead of 1 January 2020, when the [IMO] 0.5% global sulphur limit takes effect.

“MPA will make available the list of licensed bunker suppliers of low-sulphur fuels in Singapore by mid-2019.”

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