Singapore bunker tanker owner, operator and manager Sinanju Tankers Holdings completed the expansion of its fleet this week, with the delivery of its last tanker Marine Tina.

Fuel testing firm Veritas Petroleum Services (VPS) has launched a new service in Singapore that can swiftly determine whether the performance of the mass flow meters used to conduct bunker fuel deliveries is acceptable.

The North of England P&I Association has warned of bunker quantity shortchange even through the use of mass flow meters (MFM) and encouraged receiving vessel to continue to take soundings onboard before and after bunker delivery.

The Maritme and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has temporarily suspended the harbour craft licences of all five mass flow meters (MFM) equipped bunker tankers operated by bunker supplier Panoil Petroleum over “irregularities” with the vessels' piping fixtures.

Singapore’s Sinanju Tankers Holdings has offered a three-month complimentary, value-added service of engaging independent bunker surveyors to assist visiting ships to Singapore in familiarising themselves with the mass flow meter bunkering regulation.

Singapore, the world’s largest bunkering port, will enforce the use of mass flow meters (MFM) for bunkering operations from 1 January 2017, making it the first port in the world to mandate the use of such fuel measuring device.

The International Bunker Industry Association (IBIA) announced on Wednesday the finalisation of a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to help bunker surveyors identify their responsibilities when overseeing bunker deliveries using the mass flow meters (MFMs) in Singapore.

Singapore’s bunker market has formed a new industry association, Association of Bunker Industry (Singapore) (ABIS), to improve and address the needs of the industry.

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.

China’s state-owned bunker supplier Chimbusco has enhanced its bunkering operations with the voluntary use of mass flow meters (MFM) technology to deliver more accurate fuel volumes and reduce bunkering time.

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