HK gets second mass flow meter-equipped bunker vessel

The Singapore-driven mass flow metering system (MFMS) is gaining wider acceptance, with ExxonMobil introducing its second independently accredited MFMS in Hong Kong onboard the bunker vessel, Anelly, the company said in a press release.

This follows the introduction of the first independently accredited MFMS in Hong Kong fitted on the barge, Anshing. The expansion will help to meet increased customer demand for fuel deliveries via an accredited MFMS, due to the cost and efficiency benefits, the oil major noted.

Both metering systems are fully accredited by Lloyd’s Register, in partnership with A*STAR’s National Metrology Centre, the national measurement institute of Singapore, and Metcore International, a consultancy with expertise in MFMS for bunkering.

In line with industry best practice, the technology directly measures fuel mass, instead of volume, to provide an accurate measurement for vessel operators. The system’s seals are validated by independent third parties that enhance traceability and help to ensure system integrity.

The system can save an estimated $5,000 and up to three hours per delivery alongside vessels taking on fuel, thus improving transparency as measurement data is logged throughout the process.

“Our first mass flow metering system in Hong Kong received a very positive response from customers and has proved to be a great success. This second barge will help to ensure the majority of ExxonMobil fuel deliveries will be supplied via mass flow metering and also cater for larger stem sizes,” said Deepankar Banerjee, ExxonMobil’s Asia Pacific marine fuels sales manager.

“ExxonMobil and Lloyd’s Register continue to work together to increase access to fully accredited mass flow metering system fuel delivery services in Hong Kong,” said Douglas Raitt, Lloyd’s Register Marine’s regional consultancy manager.

The expansion of independently accredited mass flow metering bunker fuel delivery services into Hong Kong follows its pioneer introduction in Singapore in June 2012. ExxonMobil was the first supplier to deliver marine fuel using a MFMS approved by a port authority.

Posted 12 August 2016

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Vincent Wee

Asia Editor, Seatrade Maritime News

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