“I don’t like crude oil because it’s so vulgar.” I heard those words on an oil trading floor one day. Must have been a trader on the wrong side of a deal. And shipowners may echo that sentiment once again in the not too distant future.

The IMarEST UAE Branch’s first technical meeting recently discussed the challenges of measuring the quantity and quality of bunkers delivered and the use of mass flow meters.

Singapore has launched the technical reference standard for bunker mass flow metering on Tuesday, about 11 months ahead of the mandatory use of the fuel measuring device for bunkering operations in Singapore port from 1 January 2017.

Singapore is making progress towards the mandatory use of mass flow meters (MFM) to measure bunker fuel as more local bunker tankers are installed with the system, reports said.

Oil major ExxonMobil has introduced a first independently accredited mass flow metering system (MFMS) in Hong Kong, following a successful introduction of the system in Singapore.

Singapore’s bunker sales volumes are projected to increase substantially with the use of mass flow meters during bunkering operations from 2017, but not before volumes dip in the short term.

The Singapore authorities are planning and rolling out a few key initiatives for its bunkering market, pushing to be a first mover in order to stay ahead of global competition, however, some local players have started to voice their concerns.

Global marine fuels trader OW Bunker has delivered “significant time savings” with the use of the mass flow meters during bunkering operations in the port of Singapore.

Turkey’s bunker fuel supplier CYE Petrol is expecting its fuel delivery capacity to increase by about 50% through the use of mass flow meters.

ExxonMobil Marine Fuels & Lubricants has expressed support for Singapore’s planned mandatory use of mass flow meters during bunker deliveries as it plans to double its fleet of chartered bunker tankers that feature the flow meter technology approved by the local port authority.

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