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ExxonMobil brings mass flow meter technology to Hong Kong

ExxonMobil brings mass flow meter technology to Hong Kong
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.

The fuel measurement and delivery system has been tested to save vessel operators up to an estimated three hours and $5,000 per refueling while also providing increased transparency and efficiency to the bunkering process.

The Hong Kong MFMS has been accredited by Lloyd’s Register (LR), in partnership with Singapore’s A*Star’s National Metrology Centre, and consultancy firm Metcore International.

The bunkering technology directly measures fuel mass instead of volume, in line with industry best practice guidelines, to provide a prompt and accurate measurement reading for vessel operators. It enhances accuracy when compared to typical tank dipping (within +/- 0.5 per cent), and reduces uncertainties related to variables including density and temperature.

The seals used are also validated by independent parties to prevent any misuse of the system, ExxonMobil reiterated in a statement.

Folllowing the accreditation by LR, the MFMS has been installed on ExxonMobil’s time-chartered bunker tanker Anshing to delivery bunker fuel grades of 380 cst and 500 cst.

“The expansion of ExxonMobil’s accredited mass flow metering system capability will help to ensure buyers receive the fuel they pay for,” said Deepankar Banerjee, Asia Pacific marine fuels sales manager.

Singapore has already welcomed the use of MFMS, and ExxonMobil was the first to use the technology which was approved by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA).

ExxonMobil was also the first to guarantee delivery by MFMS in Singapore, and the first to deliver more than one million metric tonnes via MFMS. Today, all ExxonMobil bunker deliveries in Singapore are supplied by bunker tankers equipped with the MPA-certified MFMS.

Douglas Raitt, regional consultancy manager of LR, commented: “The use of mass flow metering systems when bunkering fuel is a significant improvement, ensuring compliance. Buyers now have peace of mind that they are receiving the correct quantity of fuel for which they are paying.”