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Singapore unveils new bunker quality standard

Singapore unveils new bunker quality standard

Singapore:  Singapore will adopt a new quality standard for bunker supply in a bid to provide bunker customers greater assurance when lifting in Singapore, a senior government official said Wednesday. The standard, called Singapore Standard On Quality Management for Bunkering Supply Chain, or SS 524, will be implemented by the Maritime and Port Authority from June 1, 2007, Lim Hwee Hua, Minister of State for Finance and Transport, said at the opening ceremony of the 14th Singapore International Bunkering Conference, or SIBCON, being held in Singapore this week.
'SS 524 complements the existing standards by focusing on the management of the entire bunker supply chain, with clearly specified procedural requirements from product procurement to delivery,' Lim said.
'This provides a framework to monitor and check bunker quality at every step of the bunker supply chain,' she said.
'For example, bunker suppliers will be required to obtain a Certificate of Quality for the bunkers purchased, supported by a test report from an accredited laboratory.'
Lim added that the MPA will adopt SS 524 as one of the criteria for the Accreditation Scheme for Bunker Suppliers.
Under the accreditation scheme, as of June 1, 2005, only accredited bunker suppliers can sell bunker fuel on a delivered basis.
The scheme, launched April 1, 2003, is part of the MPA's efforts to improve the quality of marine fuel and service in Singapore's bunker industry.  [28/09/06]

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